Child custody is a legal term related to guardianship that is used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent or guardian and a child in the care of that person. Child custody consists of legal custody, which is the right to make decisions about the child, and physical custody, which is the right and duty to house, provide and care for the child. Married parents normally have joint legal and physical custody of their children. Child custody decisions generally arise in proceedings involving divorce, annulment, separation, adoption, or death of the parents. In most jurisdictions, custody of children is determined in accordance with the best interests of the child’s standard. Legal custody involves the division of rights between parents to make important decisions in life-related to their minor children.
If you are considering getting a divorce, take a few minutes and look up Child Custody rules and regulations. After you do this pay attention to all of the legalese and page after page of do’s and don’t. You, as well the others will be dumbfounded and feel like you were just run over with a large truck.
Sometimes there is nothing else that you can do other than obtain a lawyer and pay them many dollars for their help,
In a very involved and complicated divorce proceeding a good lawyer is essential. Unfortunately their almost always is be a lengthy discovery time involved and thus occurring high costs, many months preparing for a hearing and the court process.
Something for you to consider is consulting with a Mediator. Our company never charges for initial consultation and will explain carefully the processes involved in Mediation. We will carefully explain how our participation in the process will work, the costs and time normally involved. Many situations can be settled between just you and the other person involved in one or two secession and three to six hours.
Your agreements are between the two of you and not an attorney, judge and court hearing. The process is totally private and the agreement is approved by you and prepared in a legal form for your presentation to the judge for approval.
Contact Karen Williamson, Certified Mediator
620-249-8261 (call or text)