Understanding The Types Of Child Custody
Parents contemplating divorce or separation have many questions about child custody. It is likely the most pressing issue on your mind during this stressful time. Our team at The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C. can help ease your mind through understanding the possible outcomes and the variety of ways custody issues can be resolved based on our many years of combined experience in this area of the law.
There are two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s decision-making authority concerning their children. Physical custody means the time spent by children in the care of each parent and is usually referred to as either “primary physical custody” or “joint physical custody.”
Factors Considered In Custody Determinations
The goal of custody determinations is to do what is in the best interest of the children. This means the court will consider factors such as:
- Current living arrangements
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Each parents’ ability to care for the child
- Any history of abuse or domestic violence
- The child’s wishes
- Any other factor affecting the welfare of the child
Does One Parent Get Sole Custody?
One of the most troubling thoughts for parents is the idea that he or she will be cut out of their children’s lives after a divorce. While it is possible for one parent to have sole physical and legal custody, this usually occurs only in extreme cases.
In many cases, parents share joint legal custody, meaning both parents have input on decisions related to the children’s healthcare, schooling, religious upbringing, and other matters. Physical custody is usually shared between the parents, but where primary physical custody is granted to one parent, regular visitation rights for the other parent are typically awarded.
When it comes to child custody, our office will work as a team to employ a variety of strategies that will most effectively achieve your goals.
Ask Our Family Law Lawyers About Your Case
Let our lawyers put their knowledge and experience to work for you to help secure the custodial arrangement best suited to your unique circumstances. To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call 704-666-1210.
We have offices located in Lincolnton and Denver. We serve clients all throughout Lincoln County.