What is Child Custody?
Child custody and visitation rights are not just cut and dry agreements. It may seem like the main focus of the settlements are just between the husband and wife, which is true, however if children are involved, this is more than just properties and other assets at stake. The development and well being of their offspring will definitely take the biggest hit. It may not even be just within the context of divorce, this may apply to custody rights within the confines of legal separation, or restricting the rights to guardianship seeing as a parent may not be fit to care for the child
There are two factors to consider with regards to custody or guardianship of a child in Reno NV, first would be the legal custody, and second is the physical custody:
What is Legal custody or legal guardianship?
Legal child custody or guardianship entails having the rights to make big life decisions with regards to the life or lives of the couple’s children. If both parties have a joint legal custody or agreement, both parents would need to make a decision with consent coming from both sides. If an agreement cannot be reached with regards to a decision, both of them would need to be present in court in Nevada to come up with a decision.
What is Sole legal custody or guardianship?
Sole legal child custody or guardianship entails that either the mother or the father can make a major life decision for the child without the consent of the other parent. Even if the other parent does not agree with the decision that the other made, they won’t have any right to dispute it unless the decision brings harm to the child.
The attorneys in Reno, NV handling cases like these must know the the two distinct types of legal custody in order to properly give the correct legal counsel and advise both parents of their rights involved in the raising the child or children.
What is physical custody?
Physical child custody is an important element in the custody agreement and the most disputed case with regards to custody rights; since this means either being the parent who spends the most time with the child or children or is the parent who has limited visitation rights.
There are also two types of physical custody:
Joint child custody
This means that both parents have equal rights with regards to seeing the children as well as the care being provided and any day to day decisions being made with the child.
Primary child custody
Having this means you are the parent who is with the child most of the time and the other having visitation rights. Being the primary of course has the obvious advantage as they get to set the terms on the time they have with their other parent as well as how much support the other parent should be giving to the children.
Legal advice given will detail with how the judiciary bodies will come to the decisions about the legal and physical custodies of the children and the overall impact that will affect both parents and the children for years that will follow.
What Does Joint Legal and Physical Custody Involve?
In true “joint custody” arrangements, parents share equal “legal custody” and “physical custody” rights. This means that both parents participate equally in making decisions about the child’s upbringing and welfare, and split time evenly in having day-to-day care and responsibility for the child this includes the parents right to have the child live with them.
How does parent-child visitation work?
Visitation is allowing parents who does not have physical custody to see their children on a regular basis. Types of visitation include:
Unsupervised visitation– this is the most common type of visitation and parents are permitted to take their children to their homes or to enjoy an outing with the parent. There are limitations included occasionally, for instance if the mother chooses to breastfeed, the parent can be asked to visit the child at the mother’s house until the baby takes a bottle.
Supervised visitation- In some cases, the courts will order supervised visitation, the other responsible adult should be present during the visit. There are some circumstances that the courts may allow the non-custodial parent to select another family member as the supervisor like the aunt, cousin or grandparent.
Virtual visitation- This is the visitation where video conferencing is involved. This can help the parent who lives far apart from the child.
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