How are physical and legal custody different?

Child custody arrangements are part of the divorce process to ensure that well-being of the children. This is an important marital issue to decide on since the lives of the spouses will no longer be joined together. As they carry on with their individual lives, they will need to have a plan in place for how much time the children spend with each parent. For these arrangements, child custody is decided by physical custody and legal custody. Each form of custody grants parents with different priorities relating to the child. They will have different rights and responsibilities to adhere to.

Legal custody gives parents the ability to make important decisions for the child. These decisions can relate to the child’s education, religion, medical treatment and more. This gives parents the opportunity to be involved in major decisions in the child’s life. They will be given the responsibility to make decisions in the best interests of the child. Physical custody is different. This form of custody refers to the location of the child. When a parent is granted physical custody of a child, this gives them the responsibility of being the custodial parent. As the custodial parent, the child will reside with them most of the time. This means that they will be given more access to the child on a daily basis.

Which parent pays child support?

Child support decisions can be just as important as child custody arrangements. Children can become expensive due to the various necessities that they need on a daily basis. Since the custodial parent has the child residing with them, this may entitle them to child support payments. By providing for the child on a regular basis, they will have proven their financial support of the child. The other parent may be required to make child support payments to help support the child financially. These payments differ based on each individual case. Many aspects are taken into account, including the number of children that are being provided for. These payments may be modified in the future or stop at a certain time due to the child’s position in life. A court can make decisions regarding adjustments.

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