Parents who live separately or who are divorced will need to address child custody. Child custody involves 2 kinds of custody namely legal custody and physical custody. In most cases legal custody is shared equally between the parents and involves decisions surrounding education, healthcare and religion. Physical custody is where the child primarily lives. In most cases the child will live primarily with one parent and the other parent has visitation. Commonly, visitation involves every other weekend and one day during the week. However, parents can agree to almost any kind of arrangement.
Generally speaking, the court wants what is in the best interest of the child. When the parents cannot come to an agreement regarding custody, then other legal procedures may ensue. Depending on the age of the child, the court may appoint an attorney for the child. There may also be a need for psychological evaluations. It’s best to speak with a Legal Action Workshop lawyer to determine the best plan for addressing child custody.
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