What to know about Child Support?
Often, courts must determine where children will live when their parents separate or divorce. The laws on child custody serve as a guide for judges when they must make these crucial decisions. The process of determining who gets custody influences the support of children and other financial obligations. Lawyers specialised in family law with experience in child custody can help their clients negotiate a parental agreement or engage in legal proceedings. There are two types of children custody:
Legal custody refers to the legal capacity of parents to make important decisions on behalf of their children on issues such as education, religion, extracurricular activities, and medical care. Unless a parent is abusive or is not prepared to live with their children for some other reason, the courts grant this right to both parents. This is called “shared legal custody.”
Physical custody refers to the place of residence of the children and the time they spend with each parent. This is usually the cause of disputes regarding custody. When physical custody is granted to only one parent, this means that the child resides with that parent and spends most of the time with that parent. Shared physical custody is another way, in which both parents are assigned the same amount of time to spend with their children.