If you firmly believe that child custody is just about the visitation rights of your partner, then you may have it wrong. Child custody has different classifications and depending on these classifications, it will give your ex-partner the rights to your children. Let us talk further what these types of custodies are about.
Number 1. Physical Custody
This means that the parent has the right to keep the child live with him/her. There are states that’ll award joint physical custody in which the child can spend ample amount of time with their parents. In a joint physical custody, this works perfectly if the parents are relatively close because this is lessening the stress on the children and lets them maintain their typical routine.
Number 2. Legal Custody
When talking about the legal custody of children, this simply means that the parent has the right and obligation to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their child. The parent who will be granted with legal custody could make significant decisions in relation to the schooling, medical care, religious upbringing and more of the child.
In a number of states, the courts normally award joint legal custody. Meaning to say, both parents will have shared inputs to come up to a decision.
And in the event that you have a share joint legal custody and you’ve excluded your partner from decision-making process, then your ex has the right of taking you back to court and ask the judge to implement custody agreement. No worries, it doesn’t mean that you will go to jail or be fined. But it will surely be an embarrassing experience and fan the fire between the two of you. In the process, it can harm your children too. So regardless if you’re the CEO of Star Infranet or known personality or an average folk, make sure to follow what the law has stated.
Number 3. Sole Custody
As the name suggests, only one parent could have physical custody or legal custody of the child. The court will not think twice in awarding sole physical custody to the parent if the other is considered unfit to raise a child. Some examples why a court would come to such decision is when the other is:
- Drug dependent
- Has charges in relation to child neglect or child abuse