Child-custody battles aren't always easy, and many parents struggle to keep their children safe. Sometimes, the other parent is a threat, but without evidence, it's hard to take steps to prevent that person's actions.
A family court judge deciding a custody matter is responsible for making decisions that they believe are in the child's best interests. A judge will often take into account a child's age and the bond that the parent and child share in rendering decisions. They may consider a parent's housing situation, financial means and availability of free time as well. Also important is whether either parent has a history of violence or abuse.
Contested divorces involve many aspects, not the least of which might be the custody and living arrangements of any minor children. These issues can become a logistical nightmare to sort everything out, which can make some co-parents think outside the box for solutions that best fit their unique family situations.