Custody is the overarching legal term for the responsibilities parents have, by court order or agreement, for the care and parenting of their minor children. Custody or parenting responsibilities fall into two general categories:
- Parenting time or schedule (also known as physical or residential custody); and,
- Decision making (also known as legal custody) over important matters such as health, education, and religious upbringing.
The best interests of each child is the legal foundation for how parenting responsibilities are determined. There is no “one size fits all”. Especially when complex issues arise over:
- Parental fitness
- Abuse and safety
- A child’s or parent’s special needs
- Unmanaged mental and emotional health and personality disorders
- Obstructive parent behavior
- A child’s resistance and refusal of parenting time
- Intractable parent conflict
A parent’s Income and the children’s financial needs.
The calculation of child support can be complicated when:
- Parents’ combined incomes are higher than the guidelines
- A parent’s income