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Child custody is a vexing issue for parents who just want the best for their child or children. But the turmoil of divorce makes deciding on a child custody arrangement a major struggle that can turn into a battle. When parents cannot agree on a child custody arrangement, they must turn to Montana’s family courts to decide what is the best interests of couple’s child or children.
Child custody can take on many forms with a child living with one parent or share time with both. Following are the types of custody arrangements possible in Montana
Physical Custody– With a physical custody arrangement, a child lives with one parent and the other parent can be granted visitation if there are no reasons they shouldn’t be allowed to see their child.
Legal Custody– A parent who is granted legal custody makes important decisions about a child’s upbringing and legal matters. With legal custody, a parent makes decisions about a child’s medical treatment, education, and other important decisions.
Sole Custody-Sole custody is awarded to just one parent. It is possible for one parent to be granted sole physical custody but shares joint legal custody with the other parent.
Joint Custody– With a joint custody arrangement each parent has equal custody of their child. If they are granted joint physical custody, they can spend equal time with each parent.
Depending on each parent’s circumstance, personal history, and relationship to their child, a parent can be awarded variations of the above custody arrangements. For example, both parents can be awarded joint physical custody while only one parent has legal custody. As you can see, child custody arrangements can be complicated, so parents often look to the family court to make the decision for them.
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