Child custody hearings are one of the most emotionally challenging and the most intimidating hearings in a family law case. I provide this information in the hopes that I can alleviate some of that stress and anxiety that may come with custody hearings. In custody matters, the judges primary concern is always the best interest of the child. It’s the court’s belief that it is in the best interest of the child to have a relationship with both parents. So for this reason, the courts begin each custody case with a desire to award the parties joint physical and joint.