Custody is the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. For example, parents with custody can make decisions on their child’s:
- health care
Custody is not about which parent the child lives with or how much time a child spends with each parent.
For example, even if only one parent has custody, the child might spend equal time living with each parent. Or the child might live mainly with one parent, but both parents have custody and share the decision-making. At Kazandji Law we can assist you with this.
- Per federal law- custody and parenting arrangements must be in the child’s best interest.
- If parents cannot agree on the best solution for custody and parenting, the matter can be taken to court for the judge to decide, which is where the counsel of a lawyer will be crucial for everyone involved.
Types of Custody:
- Sole Custody The parent who has sole custody has the exclusive right to make decisions regarding the children’s education, health, religion and to some extent where the children reside, without any input from the other parent. This form of custody entitles the parent to have the children most of the time.
- Joint Custody Both parents make decisions together regarding the major issues affecting the children, such as education, health, religion, and where the children reside. Cooperation between the parents with respect to raising the children is required.
- Shared Custody A living arrangement whereby the children spend equal time residing with each parent.
- Split Custody If there are two or more children, at least one child resides primarily with each parent.