A case handler’s thoughts on child custody

 

By Alessandra Vieira de Aquino

Many clients who call Caven have queries that relate to r called child custody, also known as child maintenance. When a couple end their relationship and have children together, custody and child access become the most prevalent issues to be solved.

There are several types of custody. Perhaps the most common form of custody nowadays is ‘joint custody’, which gives equal rights to both parents to participate in all the important moments of the child’s life. Joint custody awards such participation to both parents even though the child resides with only one of the parents.

The courts’ primary consideration is the wellbeing and best interests of the child.

If a parent is awarded full custody they will, for instance, be responsible for all aspects of the child upbringing. This includes education, health care and more.

If the court decides that joint custody is in the best interest of the child then both parents will share responsibilities equally between them. This form of custody is usually granted when both parents can perform their parental duties on a same level.

When the custody is granted to one parent exclusively the non-custodial parent will still have rights to see the child. As such, a visitation regime will be set, save in extraordinary circumstances when the parent is considered to pose harm to the child. This may be because the parent has a history of being physically or emotionally abusive.

In most of the cases we see one of the parents wants to claim for full or joint custody or simply set up a visitation routine.

If you need legal assistance to help with your children’s comfort upon your divorce or separation, call our team now on 08001 221 2299.

Alessandra Vieira de Aquino is one of Caven’s most knowledgeable case handlers with extensive experience in this matter from dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.

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