What rights do I have with legal custody?

Parents are granted physical or legal custody when child custody arrangements are being determined by a judge. These arrangements can give them different rights depending on each custody right that they are given. Legal custody gives a parent the ability to make legal decisions for their child to give them the authority to make decisions for the child’s education, medical decisions, their practiced religion and much more. By being involved in these major decisions in the child’s life, the parent can be involved and make the best decisions for the child’s well-being.

Custody rights are decided by a judge or during mediation by the couple. Judges consider many factors when they decide who has what rights as a parent and who can make decisions for the child. For these cases, judges will put the well-being of the child before anything else. Factors involving the parents are also considered, such as the parents’ income and lifestyle to see who should be granted rights. During divorce mediation, parents can decide on custody arrangements during sessions that can arrange these situations for them.

How is physical custody different?

Physical custody gives one parent the role of the custodial parent. This allows the child to reside in their home on a regular basis where the parent is involved in the child’s everyday routine. They should be working to ensure that the child is taken care of on a regular basis whether this involves meals or their health. With this form of custody, parents may have more time with the child on a more consistent basis since they are living with them.

Can modifications be made to custody arrangements in the future?

Child custody arrangements can be modified in the future depending on the case. There are many situations that can contribute to a change to the custody arrangement. If a child is acting aggressively or out of the ordinary due to the arrangement in place, parents have the right to file a motion with the court if they believe it is due to the child’s time spent with their other parent. These cases can then be investigated and a judge can rule in favor of the child’s best interests to make sure they are taken care of. If there seems to be an issue, the custody arrangement may be changed to fulfill the health and safety of the child. When something affects the child, it is important to look into. The child’s well-being is the main focus of these cases.

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