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Have you answered these child custody questions?

At some point, such as if you are going through a divorce, you may come to find that you have questions and concerns regarding child custody.

While you hope to win custody of your child, you never know what will happen as the process moves forward. This is why it's so important to understand the ins and outs of the legal system, while also knowing where you fit in.

Here are some of the most important child custody questions to address:

  • Do you know the difference between legal and physical custody? Physical custody outlines where the child lives and which parent will provide daily care. Legal custody, however, is the person who has the power to make important decisions, regarding things such as education, religion, and medical care.
  • How does the family law judge decide which parent gets custody? There is no simple answer to this question, however, there's something to remember: the judge will always consider what is in the best interest of the child.
  • Can you work through matters of child custody in mediation? Yes. Before going to court, you may be able to work through this with your ex-spouse in mediation. This gives both parents more control over the process.

When you address these common child custody questions, among others, you'll have a better idea of what to expect as the process unfolds. By knowing your legal rights upfront, you'll have a clear idea of the steps you should take along the way. As long as you are confident in your approach, you can feel good about where things are headed.

Source: FindLaw, "More Child Custody and Visitation FAQs," accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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