Types of Custody
A Dedicated Family Lawyer Focused on the Best Interests of Your Children
Before you finalize parenting plans as part of your divorce or paternity case, you need to be aware of your options. Regardless of the arrangement you agree to, the best interests of your children come first. We share the courts’ philosophy, and focus on the well-being of the children, whether it be a divorce or paternity case. We encourage our clients to do the same. The law changed dramatically, effective January 1, 2016. Third parties now may have visitation rights.
At Susan E. Kamman & Associates, we represent clients of parental rights in all aspects of the allocation rights, responsibilities and parenting, including:
- Allocation judgment — A judgment allocating parental responsibilities.
- Caretaking functions — ____ involving interaction with a child or that direct, arrange and supervise the interaction with and ___. Child provided by others or for obtaining the resources allowing for the provision of these functions.
- Parental Responsibilties — Parenting time and significant decision-making responsibilities with respect to a child.
- Parenting time — Time during which a parent exercises caretaking functions and non-significant decision-making responsibilities with respect to a child.
- Parenting Plan — Written agreement that allocates significant decision-making responsibilities, parenting time or both.
- Residential custody – A term that refers to which parent is designated as residential parent for school-residency purposes.
- Physical custody — To smooth the transition of a divorce and maintain semblance of a normal routine, parents assert their rights to have a child live with them. When one household becomes two, joint physical custody is a great option, especially if the parents live close to each other.
- Sole custody — Refers to one parent having sole decision-making authority, subject to the other parent’s reasonable parenting time. The custodial parent essentially makes all the decisions. Sole custody often is appropriate when a parent has alcohol or drug issues, a history of abuse or neglect, or an inconsistent relationship with the child or children.
- Joint custody — Joint custody refers to both parents having input into the decision-making regarding children.
Identifying Your Specific Child Custody Needs
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