PHYSICAL CUSTODY: Where will the kids be spending their time?
- SOLE PHYSICAL CUSTODY: The children live with one parent and rarely, or never, spend time with the other parent. Usually this arrangement only happens when there has been abuse, or when a parent is incarcerated, or cannot spend time with a child for some reason.
- JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY: The child spends time with each parent. This does not necessarily mean equal time (in fact, it rarely does), just that the child spends time with mom and dad.
- PARENTING PLAN: The legal document that governs the conduct of the mother and father with respect to the kids. It will specify the custody arrangement. Think of it as a contract for the benefit of the kids. Other points you will see in the parenting plan are: a) the specific time periods the kids will spend with each parent, b) where the kids spend any holidays, c) sharing of expenses for the kids for activities, d) who claims the kids on their taxes.
How is child support determined?
CHILD SUPPORT is a sum of money paid by one parent to the other to help with the costs of raising a child. It is based upon a number of factors including: a) the income of the parents, b) number of children, c) costs of health insurance, d) costs of daycare, and e) how much time each parent spends with the kids.