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Types of Custody

Woodstock Custody Lawyer Providing Advice to Parents After Separation or Divorce

Protecting your children and preserving your right to parent are of paramount importance during the divorce process. North Metro Litigators can provide the insight and advocacy necessary to fight for a custody arrangement that allows you to remain involved in your child’s life. A Woodstock child custody lawyer at our firm can explain how the custody process works, help you understand types of custody and work with you to secure a custody arrangement that is best for your children.

Our attorneys understand how stressful it is for your relationship with your children to be at risk because of a divorce or separation. We have decades of collective experience with divorce and custody proceedings and are among the few family lawyers who regularly go to court to fight on our client’s behalf.

We are prepared to help you do what it takes to get a custody arrangement that provides you the time and authority you need to raise your children the way you see fit. Give us a call today to find out more about how our experienced legal team can help.

Types of Custody Explained

Decisions on custody must be made during a divorce or any time when parents decide they will raise a child in separate households. Parents can go to court, litigate the issue of custody and have a judge decide or they can negotiate out-of-court to create a compromise parenting plan.

Whether parents are fighting in court or attempting to work collaboratively, it’s imperative to understand the many types of custody arrangements that can be made. While most parents focus primarily on physical custody (parenting time), legal custody (decision-making authority) can also be of vital importance.

Physical Custody

Physical custody determines where a child will live. Often times, parents share physical custody of their children (known as joint physical custody), with one parent usually having primary physical custody, meaning this parent’s household will be the main residence for the child(ren).  Depending on the arrangement, parents may split their time with their children 50/50 or agree to specific schedules, such as physical custody on the weekends or after school. Sole physical custody means that the child will reside with only one parent, whereas the other may or may not be granted visitation rights.

Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make key decisions regarding the child’s upbringing, such as where a child will be educated or what religious training the child will have. Legal custody is often shared, which means both parents must continue to work collaboratively in making decisions for their child. Sometimes, however, only one parent is granted legal custody. When this occurs, the parent without legal custody does not have a right to make big, binding decisions on behalf of his or her child and cannot obstruct the decisions made by the other parent. Because legal custody matters a lot in how a child is raised, it is an important type of custody and should not be overlooked with a focus on physical custody.

Get Help Today From a Woodstock Child Custody Lawyer

A lawyer at North Metro Litigators can help you to fight for the right arrangement for your child on all types of custody. We can help you to negotiate a parenting plan and agreement on legal custody outside of court or can represent you in family court to convince a judge to select your preferred custody plan. To find out about how our legal team can advocate for you as you fight to remain a strong presence in your child’s life after a divorce, give our Woodstock office a call today.