What is custody?
Custody is the right and responsibility to make decisions affecting the well-being of the child.
There can be sole custody when one parent makes all the decisions or joint custody where both parents make the decision.
Principles of determining custody:
The main principle is do what is best for the child. That being said here are some of the principles that the court will keep in mind:
- Usually siblings should stay together.
- The wishes of the child, especially an older child, are considered.
- Past conduct of the parents is usually not relevant unless it has a direct impact on the parent’s ability to be a parent to the child.
What is access?
Access is the right to visit with the child and to obtain information regarding the child’s health, education, and welfare.