Child custody is an extremely important area of family law. Wherever separated parents and minor children are involved, the question of child custody must be addressed. The accepted standard which is used in custody determinations is what is "in the best interests of the child."
There are two types of custody in consideration where children are concerned: legal custody and physical custody. Either can be sole or shared custody. Legal custody regards a parent's right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding a child's welfare, including matters of education, medical care, and emotional, moral and religious development. Physical custody regards with which parent a child will reside.
Related to child custody is the question of visitation where one parent receives sole physical custody of the child. Courts generally try to make sure that children have a chance to be with both parents while growing up, as that has been shown to be best for the child's healthy psychological development. However, there are situations where the non-custodial parent is not fit to have visits with the child. In these cases, there may be a requirement of supervised visitation or even a refusal of visitation rights.
If you are concerned about custodial rights regarding a child, you may need to consult with an attorney. Our attorneys have experience in all areas of child custody law, and we can help you get the best possible outcome for you and your children.