What is Child Custody

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What Is Child Custody?

The Best Interest of the Child

The Dynamic Nature of Custody Arrangements

The Cherry Law Office Is Here for Your Child Custody Needs

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Navigating through family law matters can be a complex and emotionally charged experience, especially when it involves the most precious part of the family: the children. At The Cherry Law Firm, we are dedicated to guiding families through these transitions with compassion and expertise.

What is Child Custody?

Child custody encompasses the legal and practical relationship between a parent or guardian and a child, including the right to make decisions for the child and the responsibility to care for them. This term becomes particularly significant in the context of divorce, separation, or disputes between unmarried parents.

Custody is broadly categorized into two types: physical custody and legal custody.

  • Physical Custody: Dictates where the child will live and is concerned with the day-to-day care of the child. It can be awarded solely to one parent or jointly to both parents, allowing the child to divide their time between two homes.
  • Legal Custody: Grants the right to make significant decisions about the child's life, including their education, health care, and religious upbringing. This too can be awarded solely or jointly, empowering both parents to have an equal say in these crucial decisions, irrespective of where the child resides.

The Best Interest of the Child

The cornerstone of all custody decisions is the child's best interest. Courts look into various factors to ascertain what arrangement will most beneficially serve the child's health, safety, and welfare. Considerations include the child's age, the emotional ties between the child and each parent, each parent's ability to cater to the child's needs, and any history of family violence or substance abuse. While older children might express a preference for living with one parent over the other, it's important to remember that these wishes may be considered but are not the final decision. The court's primary objective remains the child's best interests.

The Dynamic Nature of Custody Arrangements

Custody arrangements are not set in stone. As families evolve and circumstances change, modifications to the custody agreement may become necessary. This need could stem from a variety of circumstances, such as one parent moving to a new location, shifts in a parent's capacity to offer adequate care, or other substantial life changes that could affect the well-being of the child. It's important for parents to understand that the law allows for these custody arrangements to be revisited and adjusted in accordance with the evolving needs of the family, always with the child's best interests at heart.

The Cherry Law Office Is Here for Your Child Custody Needs

At The Cherry Law Office, we understand the intricacies and emotional complexities of child custody matters. We aim to support and represent our clients through these challenging times with sensitivity and legal awareness. Whether you're navigating divorce, establishing paternity and custody rights, or seeking to modify an existing custody order, our team is committed to advocating for your rights and the well-being of your children. Child custody is more than just a legal issue; it's about ensuring the best possible future for your children. At The Cherry Law Office, we're dedicated to providing our clients with the clarity, support, and expertise they need to navigate these decisions confidently.


Separation and divorce are often the most difficult times of a person's life. Our family law experts are dedicated to representing every client with integrity, dedication, and with the understanding that you are trusting us to help resolve your divorce or family law matter as if you were a member of our family.

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