When parents decide they can no longer be together. They often need to go through a process to determine child custody of their children. There are several types of child custody, with various rights and responsibilities for each. Let’s take a look at what these types are.

The types of child custody in Louisiana include:

  • Joint custody
  • Shared custody
  • Legal custody
  • Physical custody
  • Sole custody

Legal custody is where a parent (or parents if it is joint legal custody) have the right to make important decisions for their child. These decisions can include medical, educational, religious, etc. Physical custody refers to where the child lives and how much time they spend with both parents.

In Louisiana a judge will award child custody based on the best interests of the child. Factors that a judge may consider include:

  • The child’s wishes if they are able to make such claims
  • The history of domestic violence or child abuse
  • Mental and physical health of the parties involved
  • Willingness of each parent to foster a relationship with the child.
  • The amount of time the child has spent with both parents

Many parents have questions regarding child custody in Louisiana. An attorney who specializes in family law and divorce can help their client understand what their options may be for child custody. They can explain the legal sides of child custody and help find a child custody arrangement that works for everyone. They are also willing to go to court to tell their client’s side of the story if necessary. You deserve an attorney who will stand up for the best interests of your child and your rights as a parent.