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3 types of child custody arrangements

When it's time to bring your marriage to a close, the decision to get a divorce will never be easy. This difficulty is only compounded when children are involved, and the parents need to determine how they will organize child custody.

There are many ways that parents can divide child custody. Here are three of the most common ways that might work in your case:

The 50-50 child custody split

Half-and-half child custody arrangements – in which the children live part-time with one parent and the rest of the time with the other -- work great for parents who get along and are willing to cooperate. They're also better for the children in many ways because they get to spend an equal amount of time with both parents.

Full custody for just one parent

Depending on the circumstances of both parents, it may be wise for one of the parents to pursue full physical and legal custody of the children. If the other parent objects, courts do not frequently award this kind of custody. However, when it's in the best interest or safer for the child, courts may agree to these arrangements.

Custodial and noncustodial parent arrangements

When one parent has full physical custody and legal custody is divided between both parents, the parent with whom the children live is called the custodial parent. The other parent is the noncustodial parent, and he or she will usually receive visitation rights.

There are other options for child custody that you might want to consider. Regardless of your situation, our firm can explain the different options and help you determine which is best for your family.

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