What are the different types of child custody arrangements?

After a divorce or separation, couples who have children together may encounter a number of complications, such as child support issues and parental relocation. However, for many parents in Salt Lake City, and across Utah, child custody can be especially emotional and complex, which is why parents who are fighting for custody rights should familiarize themselves with the various types of child custody arrangements and understand how they differ.

On their website, the Utah Courts outlines the different types of child custody arrangements. For starters, it is important to understand the two central aspects of child custody: legal custody (who makes crucial decisions for a child) and physical custody (where the child lives). With sole legal custody, which can be awarded to either one of a child's parents, a child will live with one parent who makes the important decisions concerning their life. Under a joint legal custody arrangement, a child will live with both of his or her parents, who share the ability to make critical decisions for their child (such as which school they will go to, religious matters, etc.). Courts typically determine that joint legal custody is in the best interests of the child, unless there are certain issues (such as domestic violence) that may affect a child. In some cases, courts may award joint legal and sole physical custody, or set up a split custody arrangement when parents have more than one child.

Please keep in mind that the information put forth in this post is not to be taken as legal advice.

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