Legal custody refers to the major decision-making for the child. It does not refer to the amount of time that the child spends with each parent.
Custody is complicated
Physical custody refers to the amount of time the child spends with each parent.…
Parenting time, formerly called visitation, details the schedule and time that each parent spends with the children.
How the court decides
Some courts order that one parent will have “reasonable parenting time,” leaving it up to the parents to de…
The amount of child support depends on many factors, but is primarily based on the needs of the children and their parents’ ability to pay.
Children come first
Child support must be paid until the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high sch…
When parents have ongoing problems communicating and making effective decisions about their children, the court may appoint a parenting coordinator.
A court order specifies the powers of the parenting coordinator. This avoids having the struggle betw…
Paternity issues depend on whether the parents were married or unmarried at the time of conception.
When a married couple has a child conceived during the marriage, the child is presumed to be the biological child of both parents. This means that bot…