Determining child custody involves making decisions surrounding who will make decisions and care for your children and can often play a large part in your divorce proceedings. This issue can be settled amicably among you and your ex, or may require a trial and be left to the judge or, in the case of a jury trial, the jury’s decision.
There are a number of different types of potential custody considerations and arrangements, including:
- Sole Custody: One parent will make decisions, care for, and provide a home for the child
- Joint Custody: Both parents share rights and responsibilities in decision making, and the child spends time living at both parents’ homes
- Physical Custody: Determining where a child will live on a day-to-day basis. Physical custody can be either shared between both parents (joint physical custody) or with only one parent (sole physical custody).
- Legal Custody: Who is able to make legal decisions regarding your children’s welfare and upbringing. Legal custody can also be shared between both parents (joint legal custody) or be the responsibility of only one parent (sole legal custody).
While it is possible for you and your ex to come to an agreement out of court with the help of an attorney, a custody trial is often required if there is strong evidence that one parent will provide an unsafe environment for your children. In either case, it’s critical that you’re represented by a strong family law attorney to ensure your custody agreement is thorough and effective.
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Hiller Law has the experience necessary to be an advocate for you and your children’s best interests. Our attorneys are your trusted counsel, aiding you in developing a custody agreement with your ex or in facing a custody battle. We handle temporary restraining orders, help you through litigation processes such as discovery of evidence and trial, and provide compassionate support to you and your family.