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Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Child custody |

Types of child custody


Battles over child custody are usually the most emotionally charged phases of every divorce process. As each parent often insists on having to spend as much time with their children as possible, they tend to forget what arrangement is actually in the best interest for children. Furthermore, if the parents are already in very bad relations, their personal disputes can reflex on the subjects involving kids, leading to the atmosphere that emotionally disturbs parents and children. At this point of process, family law court and judges have to interfere and guide the procedure toward peaceful resolving.

Family laws regarding child custody vary depending on the state, but major types include: physical, legal, joint, primary and sole custody.

Physical custody determines where the child is going to live and who gets to take care of a child on a daily bases. Legal custody refers to the parent responsible for making decisions about all the matters in child’s life, such as education and healthcare.

Joint custody allows both parents to equally take part in raising their child and guiding his life, in both physical and legal manner.

Primary custody means that one parent, chosen by the court, gets to be with a child over 60 percent of the time per year and the other one gets defined visitation or parenting time.

A young boy looking sad as his parents fight in the background

Sole custody is a form of child custody when family law court awards custody to only one parent, due to the fact that the other one is not capable, doesn’t want to or isn’t reliable enough to take care of a child. The excluded parent gets highly limited visitation time or no visitations at all. If you want to know more about read more .

There are many facets family law judge considers when determining what’s in the best interest of a child. These aspects include ability, profile and economic status of each parent, child’s wishes, criminal record of parents, the nature of the dispute between parents, the environment child would live in with each parent and many other factors.

If sometimes in the future circumstances change significantly, the family court may alter this decision, but it is in the best interest of a child not to do this frequently, because the children have a high need for stability.