Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

An Introduction To The Types Of Child Custody

If you are separating from your spouse or partner, then you have a lot on your plate. However, child custody can often be an extremely divisive issue, which means that it demands your attention. To help you get through this process, here are some types of child custody, one of which might be perfect for your situation: 

Sole vs Joint

First of all, you will need to figure out whether sole or joint custody would be better for your child (or children).

Sole custody is often the better choice when one parent is abusive or doesn't want any part in the life of their child, but it can be extremely hard to secure sole custody if both parents desire custody.

Joint custody is common because it allows both parents to play a role in the life of their child, and there are quite a few different ways that it can work.

For instance, parents might want to alternate custody evenly, but that isn't always possible, especially if the parents live too far apart. That can often place a strain on the child and their education. It's more common for the custody to be split unevenly, with one parent having custody for a few weekends a month of a few days a week. In these cases, the primary caregiver of the child is often given the lion's share of custody.

Types of Custody

There are also different types of custody that you will need to consider. Aside from physically having the child live with you, there is also the matter of legal custody, which involves decisions made on behalf of the child.

Physical custody is often split more unevenly than legal custody, for the reasons listed above. Legal custody is frequently shared between parents, and that can lead to a much more amicable separation. If you both feel that you have a say in the future of your child, you might be less likely to squabble about the minutia.

Enforcing split legal custody is often a bit more complicated than the idea though. While the terms of your separation might indicate that both parents have a say in the schooling and medical care of the child, the parent that currently has physical custody could make a decision without the consent of the other parent. If this does happen, then the latter parent may actually take the former to court, on the grounds that the terms of the separation have been violated.

When planning the custody battle for your child, you should make sure that you keep their interests in mind. It's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when you spend all day fighting over this piece of property and that piece of property, but the future and happiness of your child should be your top priority. For further assistance, contact a local custody lawyer.

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Personal Injuries: Basic Knowledge For You

I have worked as a legal office assistant for about 20 years. The office specializes in personal injury claims, and many clients are looking for settlements. I have great compassion for the individuals I see, and most people are looking for money to pay their bills. Unfortunately, insurance claims are difficult and clients often file the wrong paperwork. They don't see many doctors due to costs, and settlement offers are generally low. I know that lawyers can help to raise claims substantially. They know the law and they can offer advice to clients so good results are seen. I want you to learn some basic information about personal injuries, insurance settlements, and the general claims process. Your rights and needs are important, but it's difficult to secure a settlement if you know nothing about the law. Gain some knowledge today, so your personal injury decisions are the right ones.

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