Child custody can be a confusing issue due to the several different types of custody.
The first type of custody that you may come across is an order for temporary
custody. This order will be in place while you wait for the court to hold
an official hearing and create the formal custody arrangement. This order
will be based on the best interests of the child and as a parent, you
need to file for temporary custody when going through divorce. At the
hearing, the judge will make decisions regarding the official custody
arrangement. There are various options that can result regarding child
Sole Custody: awarding both legal and physical custody to one parent. This parent will
be able to make decisions on behalf of the child and has the right to
physical possession of the child.
Split Custody: this type of custody can take place when there are two children in the
marriage and each parent receives full physical custody over one child.
Joint Custody: there are several types of joint custody, such as:
Joint Legal Custody: both parents share responsibility and control over how the child will
be raised and decisions in their life, but there will be only one primary
residence for the child.
Shared Physical Custody: the child will spend time at two residences and each parent will receive
at least 35% of the child's time. One parent may receive more physical
custody than the other, but at least 35% of the time has to be spent with
the other parent.
Combination of Shared Physical and Joint Legal Custody: these types of custody arrangements can be modified to meet the needs
of the parents and the best interests of the child.
If you are going through a divorce and facing a child custody matter, team
up with a Deer Park divorce lawyer from my firm, Slate & Associates,
Attorneys at Law, right away. I have over 12 years of experience with
divorce and family law and I can help,
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