Who Has Legal Rights to a Child?

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Who Has Legal Rights to a Child?

Child custody rights can often be very different in each situation. All child custody rights are decided according to the child’s best interests standard. That is, the child’s needs and requirements always take priority over the desires and preferences of any adult parties. That being said, legal rights to a child can often be acquired by:

Thus, child custody determinations can involve several different parties. In many cases, legal rights to a child will change over time as conditions and factors change with the parents and the child.

What Types of Rights Are Involved with Child Custody?

Child custody rights involve many different responsibilities and rights. Some rights associated with child custody include:

Along with these rights, the custodial parent (the party that has been granted custody of the child) has various responsibilities, including:

In some instances, the custodial parent may be responsible for some legal violations committed by the child. Visitation rights can also be an important part of a child custody arrangement

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Child Custody Rights?

Child custody and visitation rights can often involve an analysis of many overlapping factors. You may wish to hire a lawyer if you have any concerns or needs regarding child custody. Your attorney will be able to guide you and inform you of the options available for you and your family. Your lawyer can also provide representation in the event that a lawsuit or legal claims needs to be pursued.

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Last Modified: 01-08-2014 11:05 AM PST

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