The parental rights for custody are based on the child(ren) involved. Sometimes, a parent may have physical rights over the child, other times legal rights—or perhaps both. Physical and legal custody are just two different examples of common types of child custody, but there are several others. In some situations, for example, joint custody may be awarded to two parents, which means that both parents have an equal amount of parent custody rights. Biological mothers are awarded custody rights of any child(ren) in over seventy percent of all child custody cases. The rest is mostly joint custody, with only a small percentage of fathers receiving full parental custody rights. Because these statistics show that it is more challenging for a father to receive full custody rights, it is that much important for a father fighting for child custody rights to obtain an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.
When a child custody case is presented to a judge, the judge takes many different things into consideration before deciding whom to award custody rights to. The child’s age, behavior of the parents, who the child chooses to live with, the financial situation of both parents, and household stability are just some of the many factors that are considered before a final decision is made.
Did you know?
Child custody rights are sometimes awarded to other family members, such as grandparents, but often these rights are awarded to parents.
Legal judgments in child custody rights cases usually prefer biological parents when it comes to awarding custody, so long as they deem one of the parents to be a suitable guardian for the child.