Who Gets Custody?
Custody arrangements incorporate two types of custody: physical custody (parenting time) and legal custody. A parenting plan determines where a child will live; legal custody determines which parent can make significant decisions concerning the child’s welfare. Either type of custody can be shared in a joint custody arrangement. While courts typically prefer joint custody arrangements, these are not always in a child’s best interests Sole custody, when necessary, leaves decision-making in the hands of one parent.
Numerous factors may be considered to determine who will actually receive custody of a minor child:
- The relationship between the parent and the child
- The ability to provide for a child
- The income of both parents
- Where the parents live
- The ability of the parents to provide for the child
- Where the child wishes to reside (in certain situations)
- Parent’s history of abuse or criminal records
Some cases may also require a paternity test before a ruling can be made. Of course, no two situations are the same, and in order to determine how a visitation schedule may affect your family’s unique dynamic and living situation, you should to contact our office as soon as possible. We can review your case with you and explain all of your options. Likewise, we are here to offer counsel when a relocation or other substantial changes require you to modify an existing court order.