While in the process of a divorce, there are many decisions that need to be addressed. Among one of the most important decisions for a couple with children from the marriage is child custody.
Depending on the situation, child custody can take many forms including joint or sole custody, physical custody and legal custody. Joint custody is generally only given when both parents show an ability to work together and when they live within close proximity. Sole custody may be given if it is determined that one parent is unfit to take care of a child or children. This is common when personal issues, such as a criminal record or history of drug or alcohol abuse, could compromise the child’s health and wellbeing.
It is important to understand that the court’s primary deciding factor is to protect the best interests of the child or children involved in the divorce. Any divorce will impact a child, but it is important to recognize what can be done to minimize this impact on the child. The same philosophy is used when the courts render their decision regarding child support.
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