Family & Relationships

Child Custody in Divorce

  • 1 Minute Read
  • Shares

If you’re a divorcing parent with children, it’s important to understand the different types of child custody, as well as different scenarios you may face.

For example, know the difference between physical custody of a child, which is when the child lives with you on a day-to-day basis.

And legal custody, which allows you to make decisions about the child’s upbringing.

There are also different child custody scenarios, where you may have sole, or full, custody…

Joint custody…

A Split custody arrangement….

Or third-person custody.

In a divorce, custody decisions are typically resolved in two ways.

First, parents can reach an agreement through informal settlement negotiations or through out-of-court dispute resolution proceedings like mediation.

or second…the court decides, usually with a family court judge presiding, who takes several factors into account to determine what’s in the best interests of the child.

Knowing what custody options you have and what’s required for each can help reduce the stress and confusion of determining what’s best for your child.

Visit ARAGlegal.com to learn how legal insurance can help you with life’s legal issues.

Resources

All Learning Center Topics

View all Learning Center topics.

Legal Glossary

Find definitions of legal terms.