Who is the Custodial Parent After a Divorce?

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When a couple has children, they must settle a few more legal matters during a divorce. This consists of arrangements that determine their child’s future, such as child custody. When establishing custody, parents may be given physical and legal custody. The parent who is awarded physical custody of their child is the custodial parent.

Responsibilities of a Custodial Parent

Being the custodial parent of a child comes with several important duties. The main responsibility of a custodial parent is to ensure their child has basic stability throughout their life. To do so, the child must be provided with a home, clothes, food, an education, and more.

How are Custody Arrangements Made?

Divorce has the power to change lives, especially those of children. Because of this, custody matters are handled sensitively and with great care. If the child’s parents cannot reach an agreement on their own, they may go to court and have a judge make this decision for them. When a judge determines custody, they are required by law to do so in the best interest of the child. In order to reach this decision, several factors regarding the needs of the child and the family situation are considered. With this, the court does their best to make an informed decision that places the child in the healthiest environment for them.

What is Legal Custody?

While physical custody establishes a custodial parent, legal custody is in regards to a different aspect of the child’s life. Legal custody establishes the influence a parent can have in their child’s life. By obtaining this, the parent can be involved in making important decisions for their child throughout their upbringing. This can include matters such as education, healthcare, religion, and more. It is important to know that a parent may obtain legal custody even if they do not have physical custody.

Can Custody Arrangements Change?

When a judge makes a decision about custody arrangements, they do so based upon the family’s current situation. However, family situations are subject to change throughout life. When these changes happen, it may require a custody arrangement to change as well. It is because of this that modifications can be made to adjust to these new situations and fit the family’s new circumstances. For example, if one parent does not abide by the custody agreement, the other parent can petition the court for a modification.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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