What is child custody?

Custody is an old legal term for defining with whom a child shall live when the child’s parents separate. Despite not having been the correct legal term for over 25 years it has endured in people’s mind (and is still used in other countries).

If parents cannot reach agreement themselves then the court can be called upon to make a variety of orders in respect of the arrangements for children including where they will live, who they will spend time with, and any important issues concerning their lives such as their health, education, religious upbringing, and taking them out of the country.

In many cases it is not necessary to go to court and matters can be resolved by agreement.

If you have any queries in respect of the arrangements for children in your family please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our family law specialists.

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