By Chris Kramer
Many state courts favor joint child custody, but some divorce courts may choose to award sole physical and legal custody to one parent and child visitation to the other parent in divorce. Another child custody option is when one parent might be awarded sole physical custody but shares joint legal custody. Both parents are entitled to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing, but the custodial parent is responsible for making the day-to-day decisions in the child’s life.
Child support in every state is determined by child support guidelines, although these guidelines vary from state to state. The amount of child support is typically based on the income of one or both parents and takes into account expenses for the child. Child support is generally adjusted to account for the amount of time that a child spends with each parent.
Work with a local divorce lawyer to learn how your state's custody laws may affect your case. Get advice on how joint and sole custody will work for you and your ex-spouse. Schedule a preliminary consultation with a divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a divorce case review form. If your child custody case doesn't involve divorce, Total Divorce can still help you find a local attorney in the area that practices family law to answer your questions and give you legal advice.
The above synopsis of child custody is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on divorce laws, please contact a local divorce lawyer in your area.