One of the most contentious issues that come up in divorce is child custody. In the midst of a difficult and emotional divorce, parents may lose sight of what is best for their child. The court system is set up to provide a solution that is in the best interest of the child. Everything from visitation rights to living arrangements is addressed in court. The lawyers at DKY Law are experienced and trained in handling all aspects of divorce including child custody. Our firm can provide assistance in mediation when it comes to child custody or represent you in court to obtain parental rights under family law.
There are two types of child custody arrangements: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody addresses where the child will be living on a day-to-day basis while legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions for the child regarding health, education, and welfare. The court may decide to grant joint legal and/or physical custody to both parents or may decide on sole custody for one parent.
Several factors are taken into consideration when the court decides on child custody including which parent is most likely to encourage frequent visits with the other parent, history of domestic violence or drug use, and the childâ€™s wishes (if they are over a certain age). In some cases, third parties like grandparents or other relatives, may be granted child custody if the judge decide that the child will be in danger in the care of a parent or that granting custody to a third-party is in the best interest of the child.