To help mitigate some of the understandable emotions associated with the child custody process, it is useful to understand how child custody decisions are made. A Florida judge recently granted full custody of the couple's three children to the estranged wife of rocker Scott Stapp from the band Creed. The mother of the three children, ages 16, 7 and 4, was granted sole physical and legal custody of the children; visitation rights were not mentioned. The family home was also declared the sole residence of the mother and three children by the Florida judge. Stapp has been accused of strange and erratic behavior as well as drug addiction. Stapp was recently committed and his oldest child recently took to social media to urge his father to get help.
Child custody situations can be difficult and complex. To help focus the sometimes emotional process, courts seek to determine what is in the best interests of the children when arriving at child custody determinations. To make this important determination, the court may consider a variety of factors. The court will look at the physical, mental and emotional health of the parents and their ability to parent. Keeping in mind the health, safety and well being of the children, the court will consider a number of other important factors.