I’d like to tell you that the money doesn’t count but realistically it does. But only where it relates to attorney’s and the total cost of fighting custody in court.
In terms of the parent with the most money being able to care better for the child, then no, money does not count as much. The courts do not care if the mother doesn’t have a pot to pss in as long as she can care for the children. The courts do not care if the father has to work three jobs as long as he can care for the children. The courts look at the history of parenting, who has been the primary caregiver, what schedule is currently being used and if that is working, what the best terms for the child is so that each parent has the right to spend time with the child and be involved.
There are some that will say it’s all about who has more money but in reality this is probably because they could no longer afford their own attorney and settled with the ex. You do not have to have an attorney but it’s normally in your best interest to have one look over any agreement before signing.
No one, except the attorney’s, win in a custody case. The parents, the child/children, and their families all lose. The attorneys get paid whether or not you get custody. And they do not have to live with the court order for the remaining years. Neither does the Judge.
If at all possible, the best scenario is to realize that the child has another parent, be fair and promote a healthy relationship with the other parent and work with that parent to raise your child.