Published: November 30, -0001

Temporary Child Custody as Explained by an Experienced Attorney in Family Law

When a couple is going through a divorce, one parent may request temporary custody of their child while going through the process. So what is temporary custody? It is the custody of a child, through a family law court order, that gives one parent custody temporarily. This means the parent has the right to make certain crucial decisions regarding the child’s health and well-being, albeit temporarily until the custody matter is resolved.

Maintain Family Stability

Often times divorces are extremely long and drawn-out. By awarding one parent temporary custody, it can help parents maintain family stability. It also prevents a parent from moving away with her child. Just because a parent is awarded temporary custody does not mean she'll have full custody at the end of the divorce process.

Sharing, Physical and Sole Custody

When the parents of a child share legal custody, they both have the right to make important decisions about the child's education, health care and religion.

Courts sometimes grant physical custody to one parent. This means this is the home where the child will live most of the time. Parents can also share physical custody, where the child will split his time.

When a parent has sole physical custody, the other parent has certain visitation rights that are either established by the court or by the parents themselves. When a parent has sole physical custody, she has the right to move out of the area, away from the other parent. Joint physical custody provides the parents the opportunity for each to see their child on a regular basis.

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