How Can I Get Custody of My Child?

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How Can I Get Custody of My Child?

Obtaining custody of a child can often be a complex process. Child custody requests must generally be initiated by the party seeking custody. Custody determinations can be made in many settings, such as divorce, separation, or through a separate filing. It involves an analysis of many different factors, including:

For instance, custody may be granted where one parent is deemed unfit to raise or care for a child. In such cases, the other parent may be granted full or majority custody rights in raising the child. Again, these are determined on a case-by-case basis by the court and other agencies.

What Are Some Different Types of Custody?

There are many different types of child custody arrangements, such as full custody, joint custody, partial custody, etc. All custody decisions are made according to the child’s best interest standard.

The most common types of custody are full custody and joint custody. Full custody is where only one parent has custody rights. This parent is called the "custodial parent" and has both legal and physical custody of the child. This means that the parent makes all decisions for the child, and the child stays with that same parent. The other parent may have limited custody or visitation depending on the circumstances.

The other type of custody is joint custody. This is where the parents split custody time and rights. The division of time and custody responsibilities often depends on the parent’s background, as well as the judge’s decision. There may be various other types of child custody depending on the jurisdiction.

What Are Some Child Custody Guidelines?

Some common child custody guidelines that each jurisdiction usually follows include:

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

Child custody decisions can often involve an analysis of many different factors. You may wish to hire a qualified child custody lawyer in your area if you need help with a custody determination. Your attorney can help review your case to ensure that your rights as a parent are protected. Also, if you need to file a lawsuit or attend a hearing, your lawyer can assist with those needs as well.

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Last Modified: 07-21-2014 11:29 AM PDT

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