Legal Custody Vs. Physical Custody
There are two different types of custody that can be granted:
- Legal custody refers to the decision-making capabilities for the child. Many parents share legal custody, called joint legal custody, as they both have a say in jointly making decisions for the child.
- Physical custody refers to actual time a child spends with a parent. Typically, one parent is the primary residential parent (PRP) and the child resides with this parent for the majority of the time. That parent would be said to have primary physical custody. The other parent, the alternate residential parent (ARP), would then have visitation privileges.
Child Custody Modification
It may be possible to modify a child custody order if one parent experiences a drastic change in their life circumstances. The loss of a job or gaining of a job, as well as a subsequent marriage, can cause a parent to have to relocate or change custody times. This modification process must go through the court in order to ensure the new arrangement is approved by a judge and is enforceable. Parents cannot just change a custody order on their own, even if both sides are in agreement.
Child Support Issues
The amount of child support that is to be paid is partially dependent on custody. The parent with whom the child does not reside (called the alternate residential parent) will be the parent paying child support. There are other factors that are taken into account as well when determining the amount of child support, including the parent’s income, whether or not the parent has other children and more.
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