Child custody can be decided between the parties through a separation agreement, parenting agreement or consent order. Child custody is one of the most difficult issues and we advise all clients to first attempt to come to an agreement, as it will affect all parties involved, including the minor children. If an agreement cannot be reached, a court using the “best interest of the child” standard will determine custody. In order to determine the best interest of the child/children, a judge will look a several factors. Once the judge has considered all of the factors, he will award custody to the parents.