Do You Understand The Types Of Child Custody?
Parents considering divorce or separation will have many questions about child custody. It is probably one of the most pressing issues on your mind during this time. Our team at The Jonas Law Firm, P.L.L.C, wants to ease your worries and help you understand what to expect from North Carolina custody decisions.
There are two types of custody: physical and legal. Children live with the parent who has physical custody or they alternate houses if both parents have physical custody, while legal custody refers to a parent’s decision-making power in the child’s life.
Does One Parent Always Get Sole Custody?
One of the scariest thoughts for many parents is that they 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 is usually in extreme cases.
In many cases, parents have joint legal custody, meaning you both have input on decisions such as your child’s healthcare, schooling and other matters. Physical custody may be sole or joint but even if your ex-spouse has sole physical custody, visitation rights are common. This means you would still be able to spend time with your children even though they are not living with you.
Custody rights are never guaranteed but we have experience with this process so we can work toward the best outcome for you.
What Factors Are Considered?
The goal of custody decisions is to do what is best for the child. This means the court will consider such factors as:
- Current living arrangements
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Parents’ abilities to care for the child
- Any history of abuse or domestic violence
- The child’s wishes
- Any other factor affecting the welfare of your child
Ask A Lawyer About Your Case
We have offices in Lincolnton and Denver, and we meet clients at our Gastonia office by appointment only. This office is primarily used for domestic matters. We serve clients throughout Lincoln County.