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Understanding Child Custody Laws

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Child Custody Laws differ from state to state. You need to check with
your state's laws to get the most current information. When it comes to
child custody Laws, there are a few states that have all the procedures
laid out for the separating parents and there children. The judges must
follow these guidelines to assist in determining the custody of the
children during and after a divorce.


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Child Custody Laws differ from state to state. You need to check with
your state's laws to get the most current information. When it comes to
child custody Laws, there are a few states that have all the procedures
laid out for the separating parents and there children. The judges must
follow these guidelines to assist in determining the custody of the
children during and after a divorce.

There aren't many federal laws that apply to children's custody, with the
exception of transporting across different state lines. States do have
differing laws that deal with jurisdiction between other states, but not
all states have this understanding however. So if one parent lives in one
state and the parent and children in another, the state where the
children reside will have more influence. Of course you must take into
consideration which state the separation and custody papers where filed.

Child custody Laws are designed with interest of the children as the
first priority. Child custody laws are designed to prevent custody going
to abusers of drugs or alcohol. Laws are also in place that prevents the
children from going to an environment where there is clear mental or
physical abuse. Most states prefer joint custody between the parents,
where both parents can be a functional part of raising the children. The
parents would share both physical and legal custody of the children.

It's really important to understand these two distinctions in the Child
custody laws. Physical custody is where the children are residing. When a
child lives a large portion of time with one parent, that parent has what
is known as physical custody. Often times during the summer months
children leave one parent to live in the house of the other. During those
situations physical custody moves from one parent to the other.

Legal custody is the right and responsibility to make important decisions
regarding health, education, and well being issues. Often both physical
custody and legal custody are with the same parent, unless the parents
have joint custody. During those situations the court may decided that
where the children reside at the time that that parent can determine what
is best for the children at the time. However is would be wise to have a
consensus between the parents.

Again, research the child custody laws of your state or province to
determine what the best solution is for you during these trying times.
Always have the children's best interest when making these decisions.

				
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