When a divorcing couple has children, they must settle legal matters that determine the new future of their kids. This can include child custody and child support. Once these matters are taken care of, the child can have a custodial and non-custodial parent. While the custodial parent is the individual with whom the child spends the majority of their time, the non-custodial parent can have an important role in the child’s life as well. They are given a different set of responsibilities that allow them to be involved in the upbringing of their child.
When a child’s custody is determined, parents can be given physical and legal custody of their child. The custodial parent is the individual that has physical custody of their child. When this happens, the other parent is the non-custodial parent. While the child does not live with them all the time, they do spend time in their home. During divorce proceedings, a certain time in the non-custodial parent’s home can be determined in the custody arrangement.
Even if a parent does not have physical custody of their child, it is important for them to fight for legal custody. This is because legal custody is in regard to a different aspect of their child’s life. With legal custody of a child, the parent is allowed to be involved in making important decisions for them throughout their upbringing. This can include matters of healthcare, education, religion, general well-being, and more.
It is crucial for the non-custodial parent to understand the concept of child support. Child support is financial assistance for their child that is paid to the custodial parent. This exists to balance out the child’s cost of living between both parents so that it does not become a financial burden for the custodial parent alone. These payments can cover basic living expenses such as food, clothing, education, and more. With this support, the child can maintain a similar standard of living they were accustomed to before their parents divorced.
The amount for child support is established by a judge. This is done by considering several factors relating to the needs of the child and the family’s financial situation. This allows the judge to determine what a non-custodial parent can and should provide.
Can Arrangements Change?
When a judge determines custody and support arrangements, they do so for the family’s current situation and what is best for the child at the time. However, they cannot predict the family’s future and life circumstances are subject to change over time. It is because of this that these arrangements can be modified. This is done to better suit the current life situation of the family.
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