Family Lawyer Experience in Child Custody in McLean

Child custody is a term describing the legal relationship between a parent and child, and the obligation to care for them and make decisions for the child. After a divorce, issues typically arise regarding who will be the primary custodian for the child, or children, and where they will reside. In determining Child Custody in McLean, the standard of deciding what is “in the best interest of the child” is the determining factor as to where, and with whom, they will live.

Family law courts conduct proceedings to determine custodial and residential issues. It is not un-common for a divorce to become acrimonious and result in the uncooperative parents needing mediation to settle their disputes over the children. However, not all parents need intervention, but for those that choose litigation, the accusations and legal filings caused by back and forth allegations can go on for extended periods.

Physical custody of a child determines where they will live. A parent with physical custody has the child with them for day-to-day care and living and is considered the custodial parent. If each parent shares physical custody, then both parents are considered custodial parents and the lodging care of the child is shared according to the schedule of the parents.

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When determining the best interest of Child Custody in McLean, there are several different forms of custody that can be used to make the best arrangement for all involved. Alternating custody provides for a child, or children, to live for an extended period with one parent, and then switch to living with the other parent for the same amount of time. Whichever parent the child is with at any given time determines who retains authority over the child. Opposite of alternate custody is shared custody. In this situation both, no matter where the child is located, both parents retain authority over the child/children.

Joint custody refers to both parents retaining legal and physical custody, while sole custody gives only one parent full legal and physical custody. In a split-custody one parent has full custody over part of the children, while the other parent has custody over the other children. For consultation and options involving family law and child custody, contact the law office of Goldenberg and Phillips P.C.

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