I am a divorce and custody attorney for over 35 years as well as an educational... more
I am a divorce and custody attorney for over 35 years as well as an educational psychologist (Ph.D.). I am also a registered Domestic Relations Mediator, Arbitrator, Case Evaluator/Domestic Relations, and Guardian Ad Litem. Along with my practice, I am the co-founder of The Institute For Co-Parenting Resolution, creator and host of The Parents Hour, and author of 11 books and articles. Please c... view profile
If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.