If you’ve decided on a divorce and are worried about the well being of your children, you may be keen to know about the different kinds of child custody arrangements that are available.
While in most divorce cases, deciding about the child custody is mostly left on to the parents, but in case of dispute on the same, there are some child custody arrangements about which you need to know.
Here’s some information on the four basic kinds of child custody arrangements as provisioned under law, in case you and your spouse are not able to arrive at an agreeable decision.
We’re going to talk about all these for custody arrangements generally, because the specifics may vary from one state to another and it will be best for you to check up with your divorce attorney to find out what are the exact child custody arrangement provisions in your particular state.
Shared legal custody
In this child custody arrangement both the parents are given equal rights and responsibilities, so as to make it possible for them to work together for the benefit of their child.
Sole legal custody
In this arrangement all the rights and responsibilities pertaining to the child are handed over to one of the parent. However, the non-custodial parent is allowed to visit the child as per the pre-decided schedule.
Sole physical custody
In this child custody arrangement only one parent is allowed to keep the child with himself or herself, while of course the other parent is given visitation rights. As for the rights and responsibilities they may be shared by both the parents.
Joint physical custody
Under this arrangement both the parents are given ample opportunity to make contact with the child, although there is no specification about how much time each of the parents can spend with the child.
To understand in detail, the rights and responsibilities of each parent in terms of education, health, finances and general well being of the child, you will need to discuss your case with your divorce attorney.