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    It’s important to remember that above all, your children are your top priority. Meiselman Helfant & Wills will help you negotiate or litigate custody and visitation arrangements with your children’s best interests in mind.

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    Both parents are the joint natural guardians of their child under 18 years of age and are jointly and severally charged with the child’s support, care, nurture, welfare, and education. They have equal powers and duties, and neither parent has any right superior to the right of the other concerning the child’s custody.

    Embraced within the meaning of “custody” are the concepts of “legal” and “physical” custody. Legal custody carries with it the right and obligation to make long-range decisions involving education, religious training, discipline, medical care, and other matters of major significance concerning a child’s life and welfare.

    Joint legal custody means that both parents have an equal voice in making legal custody decisions, and neither parent’s rights are superior to the other.

    Physical custody means the right and obligation to provide a home for the child and to make the day-to-day decisions required during the time the child is with the parent having such custody.

    Joint physical custody is in reality “shared” or “divided” custody. Shared physical custody may, but need not, be on a 50-50 basis, and in fact most commonly will involve custody by one parent during the school year and by the other during summer vacation months, or division between weekdays and weekends, or between days and nights. Note: This is NOT the definition of “shared custody” used in computing child support.

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    Nogah B Helfant Family Lawyer
    Nogah B. Helfant

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    Vincent M Wills Family Lawyer
    Vincent M. Wills


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    Morgan P Appel Family Lawyer
    Morgan P. Appel

    Senior Associate

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