In judgments of divorce involving custody matters, custody is generally awarded to the parties in two separate ways: legal custody and physical custody. For example, the custody order may say that both parties share joint legal custody of a child, while one party retains sole physical custody. So, what exactly does this mean?
When a couple with children divorces, both parties may agree on co-parenting agreements or they can experience a situation far less amicable if these decisions are left up to the courts. Parents do not always agree with a judge's ruling, but they should remember that the best interests of the child are always focused on when courts rule on matters of both custody and child support. This is true whether you live in the state of Missouri or elsewhere in the country.
According to a study recently published in Demography magazine, custody agreements shared between parents is becoming more popular with judges. This increased reliance on joint custody arrangements has ramifications for parents in Missouri who are contemplating divorce or modification of child custody matters.
Child custody battles are often the most contentious issue in divorce and separation proceedings. Whether those battles are waged by Missouri residents or by celebrities in the limelight, the parties may use all the resources at their disposal to get the desired result. The former girlfriend of Mel Gibson used the timing of filing domestic abuse allegations to fight for her custodial rights.