Child Custody and Divorce: A Parent’s Comprehensive Guide to What Lies Ahead – Barli & Associates

Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged journey, made even more intricate when children are involved. Child custody issues can be one of the most challenging aspects of divorce. At Barli & Associates, we understand that your child’s well-being is your top priority, and we’re here to provide expert legal counsel and support as you navigate the complexities of child custody in divorce. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to what lies ahead for parents facing child custody matters.

Types of Child Custody

Child custody can be divided into two primary categories:

1. Legal Custody: Legal custody pertains to the decision-making authority for a child. It determines which parent has the right to make major decisions about the child’s upbringing, including education, healthcare, and religion. Courts may grant joint legal custody, where both parents share decision-making, or sole legal custody, where one parent holds this authority.

2. Physical Custody: Physical custody concerns where the child resides. It dictates with whom the child will live and the visitation arrangements for the non-custodial parent. Like legal custody, physical custody can be joint (shared) or sole (one parent having primary physical custody).

The Best Interests of the Child

In child custody matters, the court’s primary consideration is the best interests of the child. This standard guides all decisions related to custody and visitation arrangements. The factors considered include:

  • The child’s age, gender, and physical and emotional needs.
  • Each parent’s physical and mental health.
  • The child’s relationship with each parent and any siblings.
  • The child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community.
  • Any history of abuse, neglect, or substance abuse by either parent.
  • Each parent’s ability to cooperate and support the child’s relationship with the other parent.

Types of Custody Arrangements

Child custody arrangements can vary widely based on the specific circumstances of each case. Some common custody arrangements include:

  • Sole Custody: One parent is granted both legal and physical custody of the child. The non-custodial parent may have visitation rights.
  • Joint Custody: Both parents share legal custody and may have joint physical custody, allowing the child to spend substantial time with each parent.
  • Primary Custody: One parent is designated as the primary custodial parent, and the other has visitation rights.
  • Bird’s Nest Custody: This arrangement involves the child remaining in one home, while the parents take turns living there and caring for the child.

Navigating the Legal Process

Child custody disputes can be emotionally charged and legally complex. Attempting to handle them alone can be overwhelming. Barli & Associates is here to guide you through the legal process. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights, navigate the complexities of child custody laws, and provide expert legal counsel tailored to your specific situation.


Child custody matters are a central concern for parents going through a divorce. Barli & Associates is your trusted partner in ensuring that your child’s best interests are protected during this challenging time. Our expertise, compassionate approach, and commitment to supporting parents and children are the cornerstones of our child custody legal services. Contact us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you in achieving a favorable child custody arrangement for your family.

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