There are certain situations to be dealt with when a couple decides to get a divorce or an annulment, the most common being the proceedings for child custody, which only applies to the couple’s child/children under the age of eighteen. Child custody is the different aspects of guardianship that a court grants to the parents of the children. In almost all child custody cases under the United States law, the aim of granting custody to the more able parent is to provide the best possible life and well-being to the child/children after the separation of the parents. The Huffington Post suggests that before embarking on a custody dispute, remember that this should not be about you or the other parent, but what is in the best interests of your children.
According to the website of Arenson Law Group, P.C. in Cedar Rapids, child custody is essentially the hardest aspect of a separation since children are the most important shared part of the union. There are two kinds of child custody—legal and physical. Legal custody pertains to the right of the parent to decide about the needs of the child, such as education, health care, and even day-to-day decisions to the benefit of the child. Physical custody, on the other hand, is a matter of housing situation where the child lives with one parent most of the time, with the other parent possibly granted visitation or no visitation at all, depending on the severity of the case. However, the same degree of rights may be granted to both parents.
Legal and physical custodies are subjected to either joint or sole. Joint custody means that both parents of the child are entitled to the guardianship equally, and it could be joint legal custody or/and joint physical custody. Sole custody is simply the other side of the case, where one parent has more rights to the child’s guardianship than the other parent, and it also applies to both legal and physical custodies. The proceedings for child custodies are under the jurisdiction of family courts.