Child custody is one of the major issues associated with a divorce. This
is something a couple often cannot agree on. In many of the cases, they
need a mediator (a lawyer) to settle the child custody issue. Often, couples
fight over this issue because they are unaware of the different child custody
When discussing custody, the first distinction that must be established
is between physical (or residential ) custody, and legal custody .
Physical custody concerns with whom the child resides on a daily basis.
Legal custody concerns which parent (one, the other, or both) has input
into the decision-making process concerning major issues affecting the child .
The different types of child custody options are discussed below.
Sole custody was once the most common type of custody, but in recent years,
sole custody has given way to joint legal and shared physical custody
arrangements. .In sole physical custody arrangements, the child resides
almost exclusively with one parent. In sole legal custody arrangements,
one parent is afforded the exclusively right to make decisions on behalf
of the child, without the need to consult and confer with the other parent.
In joint legal custodial arrangements, both parties are permitted to offer
input on major issues impacting the child. In joint legal custody arrangements,
the parents must consult and confer with one another before any decision
is made. In joint legal custody arrangements, the primary residential
custodial is given the final say over such decisions when an impasse is reached.
This type of custody is applicable for couples who have more than one child.
In split custody, each of the parents is awarded the custody of at least
one of their children. Whether they have biological children or legally
adopted children, each will be given the custody of at least one child.
This can be defined as a divided custody. In such custody the child stays
in a home. The parents come to meet the child alternatively. They move
in and out of the home based on the schedule. Bird nesting custody requires
substantial cooperation between the divorced couple. A bird nesting custody
is rarely successful.
No matter which type of child custody you wish to apply for, the experienced
New Jersey child custody lawyers at Moskowitz Law Group, LLC firm can
help you. They can give you advice, guide you through the entire process
and handle the case to seek the best outcome possible.
Contact us today if you need help related to a child custody case.