The state of Louisiana generally recognizes that both parents should play an active role in their children’s lives. Therefore, there is a good chance that you’ll be granted custody of your children after ending your relationship with their other parent. In some cases, you’ll be granted legal custody even if you’re denied physical custody rights to a son or daughter.
What is legal custody?
If you have legal custody of a child, it means that you are allowed to make decisions on his or her behalf. For instance, you may be allowed to decide where he or she goes to school or what religion your son or daughter is exposed to. It may also be possible to have input into the types of medical treatment that your child receives.
What is physical custody?
If you have physical child custody, it means that your child is allowed to stay in your home overnight on a regular basis. It’s important to note that you might still be able to host sleepovers for your son or daughter in the event that you’re granted visitation rights. A family law attorney may be able to provide more insight into the level of access that you’ll have to your child after your relationship with the minor’s other parent comes to an end.
The difference between shared and sole custody
Generally speaking, custody rights are split 50/50 between both parents. However, if you live far away from your child, have an unusual work schedule or don’t have suitable housing, you may only receive visitation rights to your son or daughter. Assuming that a judge finds you capable of being an effective parent, there is a good chance that you’ll share legal custody with your former partner.
If you have any questions about your rights as a parent after splitting from your partner, it may be a good idea to speak to an attorney. He or she may be able to help you maintain an active role in a son or daughter’s life.