Divorce has its worst impact on kids. Parents must think of ways how to cushion the bad effects of a failed marriage to their kids. One big issue ex-couples will face is child custody. This refers to the responsibilities and the rights of the parents with regard to the children.
Types of Child Custody
You have two kinds of child custody– legal and physical.
Legal custody pertains to right of a parent to decide on important matters with regard to a child’s education, residence, welfare, and health. This custody can be sole or joint. If the separated parents opt for a joint custody, they will be sharing the right of making these very important decisions. Sole custody on the other hand only gives the right to one of the parents.
Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to where the kid will reside. This can be either joint or sole. In a joint custody, the kids will live with both parents. Primary or sole custody will have the kids living with one parent while the other parent gets visitation rights. In joint physical custody, the kid still ends up staying longer with one parent due to circumstances like attending school.
This right is given to a parent who does not get the physical custody of a kid. This allows the parent to spend time with his or her kids. This will greatly depend on the court order that will look into the situation of the parent, the best interest of the child, among other factors.
Visitation can be classified as supervised visitation, according to schedule visitation, or reasonable visitation.
Reasonable visitation rights means both parents leave this aspect open-ended. This demands cooperation and coordination between the parents. They will decide among themselves how the kids will spend time with them.
Supervised visitation requires the other parent or another party to be present while one spends time with the kids. Scheduled visitations just refers to the agreed dates and times when one can see his or her kids.
At the end of the day, the court’s priority is the welfare and best interest of the child. Every aspect of the decision will make sure that the kids gets the best out of the situation.