Identify 5 circumstances that determine custody.  

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I assume you are referring to the judgement of child custody during custody cases between parents as the result of divorce, between family members as a result of parental death, etc.?   The specific answers to this question often depend on the jurisdiction in which the case is in court as custody is handled at the state/provincial level.  The differences between states/provinces are frequently minor.  As an example, in the state of Missouri, the following factors are taken into consideration:

  1. The desires of each party in the custody battle, and the parenting plan of each
  2. The relationship between the child and the parents, siblings, etc.
  3. Which party is more likely to allow frequent, continual and meaningful contact with the other party
  4. The adjustment of the child to the home, school and community
  5. The mental and physical health of all involved, including any histories of abuse
  6. The intention of relocation of each party
  7. The desires of the child
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