Resolving Child Custody As Part Of A Divorce Or Separation
If you and your spouse share minor children, it is important to work with your counsel to design an appropriate child custody plan that protects the best interests of everyone involved. Most parents want to see their children as much as possible and protect the nurturing bonds of parenthood. This plan needs to take into account the social and educational needs of your children, the likely inevitable change in living arrangements, and the capacity of each parent to provide competent care.
The two main types of child custody are legal custody and physical custody.
Physical custody primarily refers to which parent the child will reside with. Physical custody can be sole or joint.
Sole physical custody means that the child will reside with one parent and the other parent may be permitted visitation rights.
Joint physical custody means that the child will reside with each parent, separately, for a specific, designated period of time.
You will naturally want to protect your children. Our family law attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities with regard to physical custody and visitation.
Legal custody is the authority to make decisions for your child, such as education, health care, and discipline. Just like physical custody, legal custody can be sole or joint.
With sole legal custody, one parent has the right to make all decisions for the child.
Joint legal custody means that both parents have a shared responsibility to make decisions for the child and each has an obligation to consult with the other parent before making major decisions.