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The first thing couples think of when they are getting a divorce is, “What is going to happen to the kids?” The first step to figuring out custody is to research the divorce mediation services Long Island has to offer.  Mediation is a less stressful approach to settling divorces with Family Law Child Custody.  It saves both time and money and allows couples to work with their mediator to find compromises.  When determining legal and physical custody, there are different options available depending on both parties involved.  Here are some different physical and legal custody options.

Different Types of Custody:

Sole Physical Custody Arrangements

This one type of child custody is when the children reside with one parent.  Visitation is still allowed in many cases, but a child lives at the residence of one parent during sole custody. Just because sole physical custody is agreed on does not mean that one parent has sole legal custody. Custody arrangements call for both parents to still make decisions about the child’s well-being.  Legal decisions could involve schooling or medical care.  Sole physical custody is typically decided on if one custodial parent travels a lot for work or if one parent is not able to exercise the responsibility of primary physical custody due to conditions like substance abuse or illness.

Joint Physical Custody Arrangements

With joint physical custody, the children divide their time between the parents.  When a judge award joint custody, the time the child spends with each parent doesn’t need to be rigid. The parents share joint Family Law Child Custody arrangement can be flexible. Joint custody does not mean they spend 50% of the time at Mom’s house and 50% of the time at Dad’s house.  It could mean weekdays at Mom’s house and weekends at Dad’s house.  Another option could be weekdays at Dad’s house, and weekends, holidays, and summers at Mom’s house.  It is important during mediation to work out a schedule option that works best for the parents and children.

Sole Legal Custody Arrangements

Oftentimes parents who decide on sole physical custody will still share legal custody.  A judge may award sole legal custody to one parent. With sole legal custody, this gives one parent full rights to making legal decisions for the children, while the other parent cannot weigh in at all.  The parent with sole legal custody can make decisions about things such as school, medical care, and religion without having to consult the other parent.

Joint Legal Custody Arrangements

This is a popular option for divorced parents whether they pick joint physical custody or sole physical custody.  This gives both parents the option of weighing in on all legal decisions.  For example, if one parent wants to send the child to a private school, the other parent must agree because they share legal custody.

Settle Your Child Custody Arrangements That is Best For Your Child’s Upbringing With Divorce Mediation

When getting divorced there are so many custody options available it can be confusing.  If you are wondering how to settle a divorce out of court without compromising the welfare of your children, rest assured because your mediator is here to help.  They have gone through many mediations and are very informed about all the custody options available.  Split custody orders can be hard to agree on. Parenting time and child support arrangements are contentious issues. When considering divorce mediation services Long Island & NYC has to offer, make sure to pick a mediator you trust to discuss child custody issues with. Win-Win Divorce Solutions, LLC is here to help you find a win-win solution for your children. We are also concerned about your children’s lives by helping you agree among the types of custody that is best for your child’s upbringing. Contact us today to learn more about our mediation divorce services, including addressing parental alienation. You can also ask us questions on settling debt during divorce, as well as the best types of child custody as applicable to state laws.

Click here to contact Win-Win Divorce Solutions For Long Island Divorce Mediation help.

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