Many courts prefer awarding joint custody to parents after a divorce. The reason is simple; barring instances of abuse or neglect, it is thought to be in the best interest of the child at the center of a custody dispute to maintain a healthy, loving relationship with both parents.
However, custody arrangements can look and function differently for every family. Our family law team at Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC will help you navigate the custody process and develop an agreement that works well for your entire family.
There’s a difference between physical and legal custody, and it’s important for parents to understand these differences at the outset. Physical custody refers to where the child lives the majority of time the time. With joint physical custody, a child would split his or her time between both parents equally.
There is also legal custody. This refers to which parent has the legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of their child. Decisions can involve schooling, medical care, religious worship, and many other areas. When parents share legal custody, both have an equal say in the child’s life.
You and your ex will need to submit a parenting plan to the court as a condition of your divorce. Effective plans contain essential information, including:
Whether you’re in agreement with your former spouse about a custody arrangement or are facing disputes, a family law attorney can help. Roybal-Mack & Cordova, PC provides skilled, compassionate legal service to our clients during the most difficult times in their lives.