Child Custody and Child Support
Making decisions for a child and co-parenting can be difficult—it’s especially so when there are different households involved. If you are having difficulty determining custody on your own or obtaining the support your child needs, a good attorney and the legal system can help you determine the custody agreement or determine a child support amount that is best for your family. Frudden Family Law will guide you through the process and take every measure to ensure that your child’s happiness and well-being are protected.
Courts consider two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.
- Legal custody is the right to make decisions about your child’s health, education, and welfare. This may include deciding where your child goes to school, when they go to the doctor, what summer camps they attend, or whether they attend counseling. The court can grant one parent sole legal custody, meaning that they have the sole discretion to make these important decisions, or grant both parents joint legal custody. When two parents share joint legal custody they share the right and responsibility to make decisions for their child.
- Physical custody refers to the child’s residence and physical supervision. When sole physical custody is awarded to one parent, then they are solely responsible for physically supervising their child and their home is the child’s sole residence. Joint physical custody means that both parents share the responsibility of physically supervising the child and the child spends time with both parents. However, joint physical custody does not mean that each parent gets equal parenting time. It’s important to determine a visitation and parenting schedule that works best for your family.