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Child Custody Advice About Common Legal Custody Terms.

Posted on April 15, 2016 by

A newly divorcing parent suddenly finds that they have to learn an entire new language-the legal language of custody. There are so many terms that it is easy to get overwhelmed or confused. The Law Office of David A. Martin and Associates are a Sacramento family law firm who can help you.

Joint Custody. Also called: Shared custody, Coparenting, Shared parenting. Joint custody can refer to joint physical custody. Physical joint custody is when parents share the physical time with their child. The child lives about equal time with both parents. Legal joint custody is when parents share the decision-making process for their child. Both parents give input to education, religious, and health decisions. All of these terms imply that the parents are working together to raise the children. This is the alternative to sole custody. Sole custody is when one parent has the majority of time with the child and the other parent visits. And when one parent makes all the decisions about the children.

Child Custody Agreement. Also called: Parenting Plan, Child Visitation Agreement. The child custody agreement defines the terms of the arrangement for child custody. It explains what type of custody the parents have (joint, sole, and it also has the visitation schedule. The visitation schedule is the terms for the mother visiting the child. Included in this are the holiday visitation schedule and vacation schedule.

These are the most common terms you’ll hear when involved in a child custody situation. Once you get used to the language, it makes the whole process a lot less confusing. And, once you understand the legal terms in the Law Office of David A. Martin and Associates, you are free to move on to the most important issues–like creating your custody agreement and visitation schedule.

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