Understanding Child Custody
Child custody is one of the most important issues that typically needs to be determined during the divorce process. The right to spend time with and raise their children is, for many parents, the most meaningful aspect of their lives. For children, having a meaningful relationship with both of their parents is equally important. Therefore, it is essential that child custody arrangements reached in a divorce be given careful, thoughtful deliberation.
There are different forms of child custody, however, and the forms that are chosen in the child custody agreement can dramatically impact the rights and responsibilities of both parents. Therefore, it is essential that parents pursuing a divorce understand the different types of child custody and what they may mean for their relationship with their child.
Different Types of Child Custody
Child custody arrangements can take a number of different forms. The following are the most common types of child custody that are reached in these arrangements:
- Joint custody – this allows both parents to have partial custody of the child, though one parent may have predominant custody.
- Sole custody – this gives only one parent the right to custody of their child, though the other parent may still be granted the right to visitation.
- Physical custody – this type of custody refers to the child’s living arrangements.
- Legal custody – this type of custody refers to the parent’s right to have a role in making decisions about issues such as the child’s education, religious upbringing, and medical needs, among other things.
Generally speaking, most custody arrangements will combine different elements of these types of custody.
If you are pursuing divorce and need help with your child custody agreement, our lawyers at Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, are fully prepared to provide you with the support and assistance you need. Contact us today by calling 760-722-7646 to learn more about how we can put our experience and knowledge to work for you.