Parents in Nebraska often find themselves unhappy in their relationships. Often, they ultimately make the decision that ending their romantic relationship is in the best interest of all parties involved. Often, taking such a step ensures that parents are happier which can lead to a better quality of life for children. However, once that decision is made, there are many more that must follow, especially regarding child custody and support.
There are three separate custody-related issues that are considered when when creating a child custody agreement: legal custody, physical custody and parenting time. Legal custody gives the parent the right to have a say in many important decisions related to the child, including medical care and religion. Without legal custody, a parent is unable to communicate with a child’s school regarding his or her performance or seek medical treatment.
In terms of physical custody, a parent can be considered custodial or noncustodial. Some family law professionals argue that noncustodial parents are less able to negotiate for child support and time with the child. Child support payments are often calculated based on custody arrangements based on a percentage of income.
Decisions regarding child custody and support can sometimes be contentious ones with parents unable to agree on what is in the best interest of their children. In some cases, the court will have to step in and make a decision. However, some parents in Nebraska are able to peacefully come together and make a decision without the court’s involvement. Regardless, having an experienced family law attorney provide advice throughout the process can help ensure that a parent fully understands his or her options and legal rights.