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What type of custody is best?

As a parent going through the divorce process, you will have many questions to answer. Here is one of the most important: What type of custody is best for me and my child? There is more than one answer to this question, so it can be a challenge to address.

In short, the best type of custody arrangement is based on your particular situation, which includes how well you are able to get along with your former spouse.

With a joint legal custody arrangement, for instance, the children will live primarily with one parent. Even so, the other parent will have access to visitation and parenting time.

Another option is joint physical custody, which is when a child actually lives with both parents, based on an alternating schedule. While this is an option, it is something that can work against the best interest of the child.

Just the same as joint physical custody, split custody is a possibility, but this it not typically favored by the court. With this, children are separated and do not live with the same parent.

Since there is more than one type of custody, you need to list out the finer details, pros, and cons of each one. This is the best way to know what you are getting into as the process moves forward. It will also put you in position to fight for the type of custody that is right for you and your child or children.

While you continue to fight for the type of custody that suits you best, you can expect your former spouse to do the same.

Source: Legal Aid of Nebraska, "FAQ: Child Custody, Visitation and Support," accessed April 21, 2016

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