If you’ve recently decided to get a divorce, you may not have considered the types of child custody that are available to your family. However, the closer you come to finalizing your divorce, the more you’ll likely see how important custody arrangements are. If you are a New York resident, here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to custody and visitation for your children.
Types of legal custody
Legal custody is the legal right of a parent or parents to make major decisions for their child or children. When a parent has legal child custody rights, this parent can determine where the child will attend school, how the child will receive medical treatments, or which church/temple/synagogue the child will attend.
Sole legal custody indicates that only one parent has the legal right to make decisions for the child. Joint legal custody means that both parents have equal authority to make decisions about how to raise the children.
When a parent is granted visitation, the parent can see their child(ren) regularly even though they don’t have full custody. It is important to determine which types of visitation are acceptable according to your child custody agreement.
Unsupervised visitation means that the non-custodial parent can take the children to an outing or to the parent’s home during the scheduled visitation period. Supervised visitation is when another adult has to be present when the noncustodial parent visits the child. This individual could be another family member, a trusted family friend, a court-appointed designee or a social worker.
Due to advances in technology, virtual visitation is possible for parents as well. Parents can use video conferencing software to connect with their children when they’re out of time or are not able to visit the child or children regularly.