FAQs: Child Adaptation Issue

What is Child Custody?

The issue of child custody arises normally in divorce cases; it is essential to assign the custody of the child while awarding the divorce decree. 

So, custody of child means, with whom child will live (when parents getting separated legally); who and how will provide financial support; and if the child is with mother, then what are the occasions and frequency that father can meet with the child vice versa.

What are the types of Child Custody?

Following are the major types of child custody:

  • Physical custody: Under the physical custody, it is determined that where a child will live on a day-to-day basis.
  • Legal custody: Under the legal custody, it is determined that one of the parents will be a guardian of the child and he will make long-term decisions (until he/she becomes an adult) about the child’s rearing and well-being.
  • Sole custody: Sole custody means an arrangement under which only one parent has full custody of their child. It is normally done in two cases – first when the child is below the age of 5 years, then his/her sole custody is given to mother and second when the other parent is abusive, negligent or absent.
  • Joint custody: Under this arrangement, the child’s living and nurturing responsibilities are divided between mother and father accordingly.

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