Child Custody in Wyoming

Familiarize Yourself with Child Custody Laws in Wyoming

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The family court in Wyoming uses several criteria to determine child custody laws. Primarily, the court will determine custody based on the best interests of the child. A court in Wyoming will not show preference for any parent based on a gender. Parents who wish to file for child custody in Wyoming should first become familiar with the custody statutes in this state.

Best Interests of Child

In determining custody of a child in Wyoming, the court's primary concern is the best interests of the child.

Factors included in determining a child's best interests are:

  • The child's relationship with each parent
  • Each parent's ability to provide adequate care for the child
  • The competency and fitness of each parent
  • Each parent's willingness to accept parenting responsibilities, including caring for a child and relinquishing the child to the other parent for visitation when appropriate
  • The geographical proximity between the parents
  • The physical and mental ability of each parent
  • Each parent's ability to communicate with the other parent and his/her interest in improving communication
  • Any other relevant factor deemed appropriate by the court

Abuse and Child Custody in Wyoming

A court in Wyoming considers any history of spousal or child abuse as evidence against the best interests of the child. Therefore, the court may consider a custody arrangement that best protects the child and the abused spouse from any further harm.

Access to School Records

A parent in Wyoming who is not awarded custody of a child is still entitled to access to a child's medical, dental, and school records, equal to the rights of custodial parents.

Modification of Child Custody in Wyoming

In Wyoming, if a parent seeks to modify the current custody order, he/she must:

  • Make a showing of a material change of circumstances to warrant a change in custody
  • Show that the modification is in the best interests of the child

For more information about child custody in Wyoming, speak with a qualified attorney in Wyoming or refer to the Wyoming Domestic Relations statute.