Child Custody Laws You Need to Know

Child custody laws are legal directives that guides the relationship between a guardian (parent) and a child in relation with having due rights to cater for the needs of the child. Child custody laws also determines which parent are responsible in making decisions  on behalf of the child and a general acceptance of a child’s welfare. Child custody laws usually arise when there’s a dissolution of marriage also known as divorce, which leads to the paramount question of where children involved are going to stay and with whom they’re doing this with. Who has what rights over a child is mostly a legal issue dragged in court of which can result in serious unending violence and dispute (between the divorcees). Other times too… this might not be the case. Child Custody Laws are based often in accordance with the interests of the child and what’s ideally best for him/her. This usually comes in various types or forms, highly dependent on the courts resolvance of the child custody rights.

Types of child custody laws


Types of child custody laws

Child Custody Laws: Which Parent Gets The Child

1. Joint Custody Law:

This is a form of child custody law whereby an agreement is reached having both parents getting equal rights and access (physical and legal) or custody to a child.


2. Sole Custody Law:

Over here, there’s an arrangement made whereby one single parent (sole) gets total physical and legal access to a child, without having the other parent’s interference in the process.


3. Split Custody Law:

First of all, this kind of child custody law is practiced when there are lots of children involved during the marriage process. It usually is an agreement made where one parent has full rights or custody over some of the children, while the other parent takes custody over the other children (physically and legally).


4. Third – party Custody Law:

This involves an arrangement made to give the child/children in question to other parents who are not in any way biologically related/linked to the child or children. In other words, children are given out based on decisions (legally) to non-biological parents who would act as their legitimate parents. This may arise when birth parents do not meet the requirements of the child custody case or other means found deterrent to the well-being of the child.


5. Shared Custody Law:

In this form of Child Custody Law, arrangement involves children living a stipulated period of time with one parent, and then in turn going to stay the same stipulated period of time with the other parent. Over here, custody or rights to a child is shared between both parents legally and physically.


One should know that in all these forms of child custody rights given to parents, the successful of gaining custody depends entirely on the capabilities and general responsibility of a parent to be able to cater for the welfare of the child, as well as aiming for the best interests of the child. It’s not an easy thing having to fight for the rights to keep your child but the worse hit is the child involved in the whole process. They have their feelings displaced and general upbringing is tempered with. It’s not at all a rosy thing having to move to and fro, staying with parents at different times and totally different environments. Their parents are involved in a feud and they’re caught up in all of it. I will put in a word or two just to caution parents out there. If you are willing to take the path of fighting for the custody of your child/children, I must tell you that it’s going to be pretty rough and tough! You can end up not having custody to the child at the end of the day, but in all this, just prove yourself worthy of being there for your children, love them regardless and constantly bear in mind that you’ll always be a part of them. Seeking child custody shouldn’t always have to result in violence, bickering and unending confrontations….., it’s possible to resolve the matter amicably as much as one wishes to. Because bear in mind that in all this, the child is at the center of everything and is at the receiving end. Your actions and in-actions can inflict much harm and pain on them. Prioritize your kids, and do not forget that they’re the entire essence to which this custody you so much seek holds ground.

Child Custody Laws You Need to Know was written By: Chantelle Iris Nunoo

3 Responses so far.

  1. Ivy Ashiagbor says:

    Hi Chantelle,I read your article and i would need more explanation on this topic because I’m pursuing a custody suit over my only son with a foreigner and the matter has dragged on for 3years now.I need a professional advice and want us to talk.Thanks

    • chantelle Iris says:

      Child Custody issues is a very delicate matter. one that needs an expect such as a good lawyer in winning your case.
      i could help give you some more insight into how the process is usually and the possible help you might need.
      here’s my e-mail if you want to contact me personally….

  2. princess says:

    Hmmm, is not easy to end an issue like that. It will only be easy between two understanding people. Though I see the joint custody law to be the best but even with that, there will still be a problem especially when each remarry. There will definitely be an interference which won’t be good. All I can say is, such issues should be handled by experts and with care.