Child Custody Information

Are you currently going through a divorce and looking for child custody information and guidelines but perhaps you don't know where exactly to start? You will find some advice and help on child custody on this page.

A divorce can often be one of the most difficult challenges that one will ever encounter, particularly if there are children involved. Child custody issues can often be a major source of stress in a divorce.

However, as the saying goes, knowledge is power. Therefore, arming yourself with as much child custody guidelines and information as possible is an excellent way to help you feel more in control of the situation. After all, once you understand the child custody laws and various options, it will make it much easier for you to come up with a plan of action.

One very important piece of information on child custody that you should know is that there are actually a few different types of child custody.

There is shared custody which is also commonly referred to as joint custody. In shared or joint custody cases, both parents have an equal say in matters such as the child's educational and spiritual upbringing as well as any other major child custody issues. Also, oftentimes in shared or joint custody cases, the child will reside primarily at one parent's home, but they will then have visitation times which may include overnights and or on weekends with their other parent. In joint custody cases, one parent will often be ordered by a judge to pay child support to the other parent that has primary residence of the child.

In 50-50 child custody, the child will typically stay at their mother's house for half of the week and then stay at their father's home for the remaining half of the week. However, there can be variations on how 50-50 child custody works depending on what works best for the parents and what is determined to be in the best interest of the child.

Yet another type of child custody is called sole custody. In sole custody cases, just one of the parents has exclusive rights to make all major decisions concerning their child's upbringing, and the child resides with the aforementioned parent. However, sometimes in sole custody cases, the other parent will be awarded at least some visitation rights, assuming that they are not in any way a threat to the child.

Also, a great deal of excellent child custody information can be found for free simply by doing a quick search on the internet.

Additional Resources

State Child Custody Law Reports

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