When a couple decides to divorce, it is in their best interests to try and negotiate an agreement with each other regarding custody and visitation. Everyone benefits from a negotiated and cooperative child custody agreement, especially the child.
There are several types of custody arrangements that can take place:
· Joint custody – Parents can share legal and physical custody. Physical custody requires an appropriate schedule that meets the needs of both parents and the child.
· Legal custody – The parent has the right to make major decisions regarding the child which include health, education, religion and day-to-day activities. If both parents share legal custody, they both make these decisions together.
· Physical custody – The child lives with that parent. The other parent has visitation rights.
Child custody brings up a lot of matters that can be both difficult and complex. If you are going through a divorce and have child custody issues, being represented by an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney, who is a skilled negotiator, benefits both parents and the child by giving more control over the outcome to the people involved.