The legal dissolution of a marriage is called a divorce. Once a divorce decree is issued, the court with jurisdiction over the parties will also address issues related to property distribution, alimony, child support, child custody, and child visitation. Tax issues such as who will be responsible for tax payments for real estate and who will be entitled to take tax deductions for property taxes and mortgage interest should also be addressed. Most jurisdictions will require that the spouses attempt to resolve many or all of these matters through mediation and present the court with recommendations as to how disputed issues should be resolved. This helps courts to handle already busy dockets and reduces the amount that the parties will spend on legal expenses.
Child custody refers to a court's decision to award a parent or guardian physical custody of a child as well as responsibility for making all decisions related to a child's upbringing. This determination is often made as part of a divorce proceeding. The decision of the court is primarily based upon what it determines are the best interests of the child.
The parent who is vested with the physical custody of the child is called the custodial parent, and the parent who has a visitation schedule is the non-custodial parent. Although both parents are still required to contribute financial support to the child, only the non-custodial parent will be required to formally pay child support to the custodial parent. In some cases, usually where the parents agree, the parents are granted joint custody irrespective of their divorce.
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