Custody

Support Issues in Divorce

Most parents want to see their children as much as possible.
When you get divorced, your living arrangement changes and that can make it difficult for each parent to spend an equal amount of time with their children.
As part of the divorce process, the parties need to come up with a fair system that allows each parent to spend quality time with their children.

The 2 main issues involved in child custody are legal custody and physical custody.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is the authority to make decisions for your child, such as education, health, discipline, etc. Legal custody can be sole or joint, just like physical custody.

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.

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 will likely be permitted visitation rights.

Joint physical custody means that the child will reside with each parent, separately, for a specific, designated period of time.