Divorce and Child Custody – Types of Child Custody Agreements

If children are interested in a divorce, the issuing of a divorce decree may be difficult and postponed. In some cases the courtroom has become a battlefield for parents who argue about the role of the parent in custody or dispute child custody. In such cases, today’s courts also require a joint review of child custody from experts in the field of child therapy, counseling or mental health. Mental health experts usually evaluate each parent’s behaviors, home life, parenting skills, infant interactions, emotions and desires of the child and use psychological testing in many situations. The expert’s advice may be a foundation for a custody agreement or the two sides can oppose it, having the court have the final say.

What are the common agreements regarding child custody? There are many types of child custody arrangements and no one size fits all child custody arrangements that work for all families and kids. But here are a few basic sample child custody agreements which can be reached after a divorce.

Next, actual legal settlements over child custody can be established. Parents or judges have to determine who the child is going to live with and which parent is going to be allowed to be with. Sole physical custody can be granted to a parent in which the other parent has little to no contact with the child. In cases of physical abuse or a high degree of poor parenting skills by the other parent, and in cases where such arrangement would be in the best interest of the child, sole physical or full physical custody occurs often.

Judicial detention usually refers to the right to take actions. Legal custody generally gives parents the right to make decisions about the health, education and welfare matters of their child. As with physical custody, if the other parent obtains sole legal custody, a parent may also be denied the right to legal custody and on those decisions. Additionally, parents may also agree or be granted joint legal custody. Absent a display of disadvantage to the infant, parents are often given joint legal custody.

Specific child custody arrangements can be drawn up in a family document, and can be approved by the judge or decided upon by the parents. These child custody agreements generally address issues of legal custody such as the child’s health, education, and welfare, and physical custody issues such as who the child will be living with and how often the child will come into contact with each parent.