A previous post here discussed the different components of child custody, primarily legal and physical custody. If you have children and are about to go through the divorce process, then you may need to know about the different types of custody, as well as the various types of custody arrangements that may be available to you. Once you know what you want, then you can proceed with trying to negotiate a resolution with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse.
Unfortunately, however, child custody is often an issue that is hotly contested. One parent may feel as if the other parent poses a threat to the child, or that time spent with the other parent would not support the child's best interests. When this is the case, a parent may need to be prepared to make a case before a judge who will ultimately decide the issue, if an agreement cannot be reached through negotiations. Yet, even once a decision is made, it is not permanent. A change in circumstances could give rise to a child custody modification, either granting a parent more or less time with a child.