Sometimes parents mutually decide and forms agreements regarding their custodian rights and obligations. This type of agreement refers to as stipulation generally becomes part of the court order. But in maximum cases party cannot reach to an agreement and court have to decide the terms and condition in accordance with the law after hearing the arguments and circumstances of the case.
Child custody and guardianship are legal terms which are sometimes used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, and the parent’s duty to care for the child.
Some of the basic terms attached to the child custody issues are:
“Joint custody” means that both parents have the legal custodial rights and responsibilities toward a child. Under joint custody, neither parent has legal custody rights superior to the other. Joint custody does not necessarily mean that the child spends equal time with or lives with both parents. A parent may have joint custody even though a child resides with another parent.
“Joint physical care” means an arrangement in which both parents have joint custody and share parenting time, maintain a home for the child and provide routine physical care for the child. As in joint custody, neither parent has legal custody superior to the other.
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