Child custody cases are among the most common cases that Groth & Associates can support. Such cases can result in many rulings that entail specific types of custody. Parents in a child custody case should be aware of how these forms vary.
The first term to review in this case refers to legal custody. This entails a parent having the legal right to take care of a child and to make decisions in how the child will be raised. Sometimes the legal custody is shared by both parents, but there are also times when a court may determine that only one parent is fit to take care of a child.
One parent may get legal custody of the child if the other parent is abusive, irresponsible, or otherwise a risk to that child. Only a court can determine who may be seen as abusive. The ruling will go far in determining how the custody points in a case might work and who can handle the child at a time.
Physical custody is a consideration where the parent has the right to have a child physically live with him or her. This is another point that might entail joint custody or access to the child, but the terms involved would vary based on the situation at hand. Some scheduling might be required at this point, and even then it might be far too complicated.
Visitation is a point that may be included in a physical custody case. Visitation refers to cases where one parent may be allowed to get in contact with one’s child. The timing for this may be limited depending on what a court determines should be handled.
The term joint custody has been mentioned a few times already. But it is a concept that is more complicated than what many might think. A joint custody case will vary based on whether it entails legal or physical custody.
An arrangement would have to be made when handling the joint custody of the child. This includes an agreement where the child would be in one parent’s control for a certain period of time. An appropriate schedule or plan should be used to ensure the child will have access to one’s parents. Terms on how the child can be sent around should be explored as well.
The key part of managing joint custody is to ensure the child’s wellbeing is managed accordingly. The child must be treated fairly in the process. This includes seeing that the child is not going to be placed into any difficult emotional or mental situations as a result of the custody case one is being subjected to.
Child custody cases are difficult to bear with, but they are important to the professionals at Groth & Associates. All parents who go through child custody cases should be aware of what may come about within these cases. This includes understanding what makes each form of custody different from each other.