As a marriage dissolves, parents
often find themselves in things like ? child?s custody?! If you are soon going
to be divorce, children would be the focal point of the process. While child custody is often contentious, in
many cases, it is decided between parents with no strings attached to the law
However, the cases in which
parents don?t come to an endpoint, the law has to intervene. And when this
situation arrives, the custody battle start heating, and the court has to make
a decision. Here are some different types of child custody?s that you might
encounter in the court:
Legal custody means parents have
the complete right to make decisions and to obligate decisions as per child?s
upbringing. In this, the parent, given with legal custody, can make decisions
related to a child?s education, medical care, and religious upbringings without
consulting another parent.
Since, divorcing couples often
don?t communicate with each other, having the knowledge of who will decide what
will help a child in the future. Legal
custody, as stated in legal dictionaries also means offering the
decision-making power to both parents.
Further, in some cases court also
allows joint legal custody with another parent, so if you one person exclude
other in child?s consent, the other one can go to the court.
Physical custody means the kid
will live with one parent with other getting the right to visit the child
occasionally. But if the child spends
equal time with both parents, the state court might award parents with joint
This will let both parents spend
equal time with kids. Let? say, that both parents share legal custody with the
father given the physical custody of the kid. In this case, both mother and
father can make decisions related to the child's upbringing, but the kid will
stay with father and mother is given the visitation right. Mother can visit
child on major holidays, weekends or as per the court?s decision.
In this parents either have sole
legal custody or sole parents custody or can be both. Further, unless the court proves that one
parent cannot take charge of a kid, the family courts usually offer custody in
a way that the non-custodial parent will get opportunities to play large roles
in their kid?s life.
Even if the law applies the sole
physical custody, the non-custodial parent can enjoy as many as visits they
Joint Physical Custody:
Joint custody means both parents
get the custody of the child; it is same as that of joint legal custody, sole
custody or both. While the decisions may vary as per the state laws, you don?t
have to bound to this if you and your ex aggress on a different solution. It
can be a one-week visit or alternate visits.
Just keep in mind that parents with physical custody don?t receive or
pay for child?s support as both parents are spending equal time and money on
Different Types Of Visitation That The Court Can Offer Are:
Visitation is basically a plan
that the court proposes on parents to decide how much time a parent will share
time. The visitations also vary depending on the kid?s interest, the situation
of parents and other factors. However, generally visitation:
Vary According To The Schedule:
This will help parents to have a
detailed plan of visitation to avoid any confusion and conflicts. In this, the
court will decide the details like meeting time and date on which the kid will
be with a parent. Some schedules also include special occasions like someone?s
birthday, festivals and other important dates for the family. It can also
include vacations and other holidays.
Usually, these visits are
open-ended and also allow parents to schedule their visits flexibly. These
visitations often occur when both parents are flexible and communicate well
with each other. Besides, these visits don?t have details to when children will
be with each parent.
These visits are often used when
children?s safety and well-being require the visit with another parent under
supervision. These visits are often required when child and parent need some
time to become familiar with one another.For more detail regarding to child custody you must read Legal dictionary.
This visitation occurs when
visiting another parent, even with supervision, is harmful to the kid.
Kids often do better when both
parents are involved in their upbringing; so take your child custody
accordingly and give your kids a contented life!
About the Author:
Karin M. Berns is the manager of International Trade Group in the firm's Washington. She practices international and corporate transactional law. She has worked extensively in matters involving international investment and trade, U.S. export controls, international trade disputes, and negotiations in the steel, automobile, textile, electronics, new materials and agricultural industries. She has also negotiated and structured a number of U.S. domestic and overseas acquisitions and joint ventures.