Child Custody & Timesharing

Child Custody, Dealing With Timesharing

When the court refers to the relationship a parent has with their child, they use terms like guardianship, timesharing and child custody. This indicates whether the parent has the right or ability to oversee the child’s actions. It also describes their level of care with respect to the child.
In the past, words like “child custody,” “visitation” and “access” were the legal terms most commonly used around the world. Now, however, those terms have been replaced by “residence” and either “contact” or “time sharing.” For example, it was once stated that a certain parent had custody of a child. Instead, now, it is said that the parent has
“parental responsibility” to the child.

Timesharing: Where Will My Kid Go When It Comes To Child Custody?

When a married couple decides not to live together any longer, issues of contact and residence crop up. If the two individuals cannot agree on where the child will live, the courts intervene and help resolve the situation. This involves looking at what it is the child’s best interests and making a decision based on that information.

Typically, issues of contact and residence become very heated among the interested parties. Many former couples are able to handle the situation with a lawyer using mediation services to hammer out an agreement that works for everyone. However, in some cases, this is just not possible. When litigation takes place, the parents typically try and make the other look as bad as possible, often in an attempt to limit how much contact they have with the minor child. For example, one or both may claim that the other physically abused them or the children. These custody battles are so contentious that the media may even pick up on them and report about them in the news. This leads the public to believe that these cases are more common than they really are, and they may form a negative impression of the court system as a result.
In some places of the world, the laws vary dramatically, even within the same nation. The Hague Convention is one way of protecting a parent’s rights and ensures that children cannot be hidden overseas. In the United States, there is also the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which all states in the country recognize and prevents parents from litigating in more than one place at a time.

Child Custody And Setting Up A Schedule For Timesharing

Visitation and child custody are old terms that are not used as often any longer. Instead, the courts discuss the parenting plan that two people have put into place. This helps get away from the focus on custody and puts the spotlight on the children themselves. A schedule is worked out that is in the best interest of the children. Things that are considered are age, the location of parents, school schedule and the parents’ work schedule.

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