Parents who are going through a divorce have to address some very emotional issues when it comes to matters related to the children. One of the most frequently contested issues related to the children is that of custody due to its emotional nature. When it comes time to determine physical custody, there are two options that the court may choose from.
If the court determines that both parents are qualified to take care of the children, they will usually award joint custody. Joint custody means that while one parent may spend more time with the children, they will both be able to care for the children in their respective homes. The parent that spends the majority of the time with the child is known as the custodial parent. However, the other parent still has full parenting rights if they are granted joint custody.
If the court concludes that one of the parents is unfit to care for the children or may put them in a dangerous situation, they may award sole custody to the parent that is qualified. A sole custody award is not granted often but if the court believes it is in the best interests of the children, they may choose this option.
If you have questions about custody, contact our firm today.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.