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Child Custody & Visitation

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Resolving the issues of child custody and visitation are often the most difficult aspects of family law matters. Unlike property division or support issues, there is no way to monetize the value of a custody case simply because the well-being of a child is a priceless commodity. In some cases, practical considerations alone guide the determination of custody and visitation arrangements, since work schedules and other time commitments of the parents cannot be ignored.

Regardless of the circumstances of a particular family, a Court applies its focus in any custody dispute to arrangements intended to serve the best interests of the children. Most jurisdictions have factors the Court must consider to make this determination. There are two separate and distinct types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.

Legal custody relates to major decision-making responsibility for the children while physical custody is exactly what it sounds like: where the children spend their time. “Parenting time” is another term gaining popularity. The term is generally used to describe physical custody and/or visitation.

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