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Child custody options for parents

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2021 | Family Law & Divorce

Minnesota couples who have children and are considering undergoing a divorce will need to come up with a child custody agreement. This is an agreement that helps to specify who has custody of the children and when. Before you can make this agreement, you need to understand the different types of child custody that one can have.

Physical custody

The first type of child custody is physical child custody. Physical custody allows a parent to have the right for their child to live with them. In most cases, physical custody is granted to one parent of a couple. However, physical custody can be jointly granted. This most likely happens when parents live within a close distance to one another. This makes it more feasible for the child to have physical locations at both parents’ houses.

Legal custody

Legal custody simply means that a parent has the authority to make major decisions about the health and well-being of the child. Some common decisions that legal custody grants are the ability to decide the type of education that a child gets, their health checkups and procedures, their religion and other aspects of their life. If a couple is granted joint legal custody, they both can make decisions regarding the child’s life. While it’s always advisable for both parents to agree on specific aspects of the child’s life, The reality is that a parent can make a decision without consulting the other one.

Child custody battles can be some of the most difficult court cases out there. By understanding what’s involved in these types of cases and the different types of custody that a parent can have, you can help to set yourself up for the best chance of getting an outcome that you would like. It might be wise to contact an attorney to help fight your case, as these can be very complex court cases.

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