What Do I Need To Know About Custody?

Before you meet with your family law attorney, you may want to familiarize yourself with some of the terminology surrounding legal custody. There are many things to consider when embarking on the process of establishing and delineating custody.

Understanding Child Custody

“Sole custody” gives one parent decision making authority, as well as typically, more time than the other parent. Depending on the circumstances, the non-custodial parent may get significant parenting time, or conceivably, none at all. 

The idea of “physical custody,” simply means who the child is presently living with, and is not the same as legal custody.  Shared parenting  is common when the child spends a great deal of time with both parents. These situations work best when the parents live relatively close to one another, as it can enable a somewhat normal and less stressful routine for the child.

If the child lives with one parent and has visitation with the other parent – every other weekend and summers, for example – often the parent with which the child spends the most time will maintain legal custody.

“Legal custody” involves the parents’ ability to make decisions about a child’s well-being and upbringing. The parent with legal custody can decide about the child’s medical care, religious affiliations, and school enrollment. 

If you share legal custody but your ex makes decisions about the child’s situation without consulting you, you and your child custody lawyer can take your ex to court and have a judge enforce the joint custody agreement. This can be expensive for both parties, so it is advised to avoid this type of conflict if it is at all possible.

For these and any other questions about custody in Cincinnati, please contact us at Donnellon, Donnellon, & Miller. Our number is 513-891-7087, and if you fill out the fields below, we can help you with any custody concerns you may have.

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