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Child Custody

How is child custody decided?

Child custody disputes are one of the biggest, most stressful times parents face. For fathers, these are especially crucial moments.

The courts recognize the importance of both parents remaining in a child’s life after divorce. While there are situations where one parent is favored over the other, that generally only happens in cases of abuse or neglect, when it places the child’s health and safety in jeopardy.

When creating a parenting plan, the courts consider many factors. They account for the child’s relationship with each parent and other siblings. Location, physical environment, parenting ability, and more also play a role.

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Parenting Plans

What is a Parenting Plan?

The court document that addresses custody matters is called a parenting plan.residential schedules

These orders establish:

  • where a child lives,
  • which parent holds the decision-making authority,
  • how much time you spend together,
  • and who controls choices about education, religion, medical care, and more.

In short, if it involves custody, visitation, or childcare decisions, the parenting plan lays out the specifics. Because it defines how much involvement you have in your child’s life, these documents are massively important. It’s vital to protect your rights as a father and guarantee your continued role in your child’s upbringing.

But in the end, it’s the child’s ultimate well-being that takes precedence over other concerns.

Example of Parenting Plan:

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Types of Child Custody

Physical Custody


Physical custody grants a parent the right to have a child live with them in his or her home.

Sole Custody


Sole custody is when the court gives one parent both physical AND legal custody of a child. The child lives with that parent. They maintain authority to make all the decisions on upbringing and welfare of the child

Legal Custody


Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions about a child’s life regardless of residence.

Joint Custody


Joint custody can refer to either physical or legal custody. It’s when both parents participate in raising a child while living separately. They both maintain authority over upbringing.
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