Choosing the Right Kind Of Custody
Making the right choice as to what custody plan works best for you and your family is a big step. The decision you make will affect the outcome of your court case and how you spend time with your kids. Knowing the differences between different kinds of shared custody or otherwise is going to give you the advantage of knowing before something is done on your behalf or a judge makes his decision. If you’re settling out of court this is going to be easier. If you’re standing in front of a judge, they will take your choice into account when they are making their judgment. Every choice you’re making right now affects everyone. If you’re unsure about the different kinds of custody plans, now’s a good time to get more familiar. Here are a few different kinds of custody plans you can look over:
- Physical Custody. If you pursue physical custody of your child, this means that you want them to live with you primarily. The mother or father might have some type of visitation elected to them to still be with the child. Remember, the goal is never to alienate the child from one of their parents unless it can’t be helped. Regardless of your likes and dislikes, your kids need both parents in their lives.
- 50/50 Custody. Shared custody is not for everyone but is a better outcome of a custody battle. Sharing custody of your child usually means that they live with one of you part of the week and the other parent the rest of the week, or a similar type of schedule that the parents agree on. This of course can be more difficult if one of you lives farther away or their school is closer to one of your guys’ houses etc. The logistics of the situation need to be taken into account before you make a decision like this.
- Legal Custody. Having legal custody of your child means that you make all the decisions that concern the child’s well being. Being the primary decision maker allows you to choose what school they go to, what doctor they see, if the child can travel with the other parent etc.
You should do your homework before asking for a certain kind of custody schedule or settling with your ex on the right custody plan. Either way, know what you’re getting yourself into. Obviously you want your kid with you all the time and sharing them is not the perfect scenario but it wouldn’t be best for the child if you’re a little over zealous and ask for a certain kind of custody that you can’t adhere to or can’t work around. This is a turbulent time for everyone, especially your child, regardless of what you want, make sure the decision that you and the other parent are making benefit them.
- Let’s Define Our Child Custody Terms (aboutthechildrenblog.com)