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The upbringing of children regardless of a divorce is always an important consideration for most parents, yet rarely does anything cause as much contention as child custody cases. Custody of minor children (under 18 years of age) often presents major issues. Prior to the couple deciding to end their marriage, the parents shared full custody of their minor children. After the divorce, custody of the minor children has to be divided between the spouses. That division could result in anything from 60/40 time-sharing to a 50/50 time-sharing, to only weekends and summer vacations. If the parties agree to an appropriate arrangement, there isn’t a problem. But if the couple cannot agree, the court will order a shared arrangement that is appropriate for the children. If you want to learn more about child custody, contact us and let one of our sponsoring divorce lawyers provide you with the right answers relative to child custody.
How is Custody Determined?
While many couples are happy to be ending their marriages, they are not happy about losing the every-day enjoyment of their children. For that reason, couples getting a divorce are more concerned about custody and visitation activities than any other aspect of the divorce. If the parent’s work together when coming to terms regarding visitation and custody, a court generally honors the custody agreements they choose. However, if custody is disputed, a court will require parents to attend mediation sessions. If divorce mediation fails, the court will determine child custody arrangements. While rules vary from state to state, the court always has the child’s best interest at the top of any arrangement. To determine what is best for a child, the court will address physical custody, day-to-day care, legal custody, and legal rights regarding a child’s upbringing. Today, courts favor shared child-rearing responsibilities, but they also take into account where it is most practical for the child to live and where a child will flourish. The sponsoring family law attorneys of StraightDivorce.com can answer all your questions about custody. Contact us today to learn more about how custody is determined.
Coming to Terms With Visitation Rights
If couples have problems coming to terms with visitation rights, the court will intervene. Generally, visitation schedules allow the non-custodial parent visitation one night a week, every other weekend, some portion of school nights and summer holidays. The only way a parent can change court ordered custody is if they show an important adjustment to their circumstances. In some state laws, the only way a court will even consider modifying custody is if there is an indication that a child is in danger. And because some parents try to get rulings changed by living in different states, some states will only look at custody amendments if the child has lived in the state for at least six months or longer. If you’re eager to come to terms with child custody issues, why not allow a StraightDivorce.com sponsored attorney help.
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