Divorce or separation can be a difficult decision to make especially when children are involved. Parents need to ask themselves a few questions and take decisions concerning their children that include child custody and access rights. Parents are free to come to an amicable agreement using a mediator, but if the parents do not agree to terms, the court will decide what is the best interest of the child when deciding on child custody.
Child custody can be a difficult subject to understand, especially for someone, who has not encountered a custody case, as there are so many legal terms. What can make it even more confusing is the different types of child custody. This can be crucial for parents who are going through a divorce or separation. Many parents tend to get confused with all the legal talk that is involved in child custody. To make things simpler, let us break down the meaning of two of the main child custody types.
What is child custody?
Child custody is the term used to label living agreements that parents have over their child when they have decided to separate. Child custody figures out the rights of the custodial parents on a daily unimportant decision on behalf of the child. Regardless of any kind of custody, both parents have the rights and duties of custody, supervision, and education of their children. Both parents also exercise parental authority together. It is crucial that both parents understand the terms and the meaning and how they are obliged to the custodial agreement of their child.
Types of child custody
There are two basic types of child custody agreement that are the most common. These include full custody and shared custody.
Important decisions are taken by both parents regardless of the fact that it is a full or shared custody. Some of these choices include education, religion cultural education, extracurricular activities, healthcare, etc.
In most cases of child custody, both parents are given what is referred to as “shared custody.” This means that child will reside with both parents at a given time.
Full custody is when a family court judge determines which parent will take responsibility for a child on a daily basis. The parent who is given full custody will be caring for the child on a regular basis. This means that the child will be living with the parent to whom the court gave the full custody. Generally, the non-custodial parents get to spend every other weekend with the child, which is called “access or visitation rights”. They also exchange holidays and summer vacations.
The younger the child, the more probably to have a full custody to the mother until the age of 3 and a frequent visitation right to the father or the other parent. After 3 years old, judges tend to give a shared custody.
We hope that you have found this information useful and if you have other questions about child custody, we invite you to contact Stiverne Law Firm, which is specialized in family law and can provide you with a legal help.