When you divorce and have children, your divorce decree will state which parent is to be granted custody. Custody determines with whom your children will live and the circumstances under which the parent not granted custody will be allowed to visit.
Parents will often work out custody and visitation arrangements between themselves. This is accomplished in one of two ways: either decided between you and your spouse separately from the divorce process, or using your attorneys or a mediator to assist with the decision.
If you cannot agree who will get custody of your children, the court will then intervene to make a decision based on the child’s best interests.