What Is Child Custody and Do I Really Need A Custody Agreement?
If you share a child with a partner that you have never married, you should always have a comprehensive custody agreement filed with the court. Even if you and your co-parent get along well, it is usually best to reach an agreement to outline each other’s rights and responsibilities if there should come a time when the two of you are not effectively communicating, or co-parenting.
Many parents actually choose to file a custody agreement when they are on good terms with their co-parent, rather than waiting until an issue arises. However, many people do not see the need for a custody agreement until they part ways, which is also very common.
There are two types of custody-physical custody (where the child or children will reside) and legal custody (who gets to make major decisions for the child or children). It is imperative that both of these issues are addressed thoroughly so that each parent knows his or her rights regarding such.
One parent may have primary physical custody (and the other parent often has visitation rights), or two parents may have some sort of shared physical custody. Shared parenting plans can be as unique as you want and generally vary from family to family. When selecting an attorney to assist you in your custody matter, it may be helpful to inquire as to what types of parenting plans they have previously drafted and what types of elements are generally included in such.
In regard to legal custody, one parent may have sole legal custody, or both parents may have joint legal custody. If a parent has sole legal custody, he or she may make decisions on their own regarding major decisions for the child or children. However, if two parents have joint legal custody, they must work together to make such decisions.
Why Choose Wolf & Shore Law Group to Represent You in Your Custody Matter?
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