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What You Need to Know About Child Custody

Harding Law Firm - Friday, October 03, 2014

When marriages end, there must be legal proceedings, and among the most important are decisions about child custody.

    The Following is Important Information Regarding Custody:
  • Each parent has an equal right to the custody of the child when they separate.
  • When determining the home to place the child, the court seeks to reach a decision in the best interests of the child.
  • A decision in the best interests of the child requires looking at many factors, including the wishes of the child and their parents, the child's relationship with each of the parents, any siblings in the home, and the child's comfort in his home, school, and community.
  • Courts have the option of setting temporary custody, which gives custody of the child to one parent during divorce or separation proceedings. Exclusive custody gives one parent all custody rights. Joint custody gives both parents equal rights.
  • A court can award the custody of a child to a third party if they are seeking custody. The third party is often a grandparent or other close relative.

Custodial issues are of great importance, and legal representation is recommended. Call Harding Law today for a consultation. We’ll sit down and answer any questions you may have about what’s ahead.