Child Custody is a complex yet important part of a divorce or separation between biological parents. We have fine tuned the process that captures every individual case and we call it our DCC (Desai Child Custody) process. Every step we have created in our DCC process has your children, and you, the parent, in mind. Remember that as biological parents, both parents will have legal rights and the burden of proof for any dispute. The key to this is establishing right from wrong. When awarding custody, the courts provide a fair platform for both parties to argue their case. Therefore, it is very important that you talk with us and walk through our DCC process so that we can prepare for either mediation or litigation.
There are various forms of child custody and we have tried to define them here in the simplest form.
Why do you want legal custody? When you have full legal custody (which is different than physical custody), it allows you the parent to make long term decisions about the child’s upbringing and well-being. In high-conflict relationships, this is an important step in ensuring nothing is stalled in the decision making process for your child.
Physical custody simply means the location, the home, the place where the child resides with a parent on a day to day basis. That will be their main address used on personal matters.
Sole Legal Custody:
Generally speaking, it is tough to get sole custody. Sole custody means an arrangement whereby only one parent has the authority and decision making right over the child. It is an excellent stipulation if one parent is proven to be abusive or absent in the child’s life.
Joint Physical Custody:
Joint custody enables the child to have two homes, a sought after outcome for most divorces and unmarried parents. This is when visitation schedules need to be set in place so that pick up and drop off times are clearly scheduled on platforms such as Our Family Wizard or Talking Parents.
Grandparent Visitation and Custody:
Yes, the grandparents have a say too, depending on the case. The court will review requests for custody and visitation by grandparents with caution. Grandparents must demonstrate an engendered bond with their grandchild in order to meet their burden. This is a fact intensive analysis and is only 1 benchmark of meeting your burden.
Every case will have a different outcome, some run very high on emotions and others are more amicable. Whatever your situation is, relive yourself of the stress and make it our problem to solve on your behalf.
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