When kids are involved in a divorce, the state of Louisiana takes the needs of the children into account with utmost care and dedication. In these cases, the child should not be the party that is being separated from the parents. The state will require parents to agree on a plan for custody of their child. Should they not agree, the court will decide what custody agreement is best for the child’s physical and emotional needs. There are four types of child custody arrangements that can be made. Each of these custody arrangements are different in time spent between each parent, but they all have the same goal: to protect the child and provide them with a safe and stable environment in which to grow.

The Four Major Types of Child Custody in the State of Louisiana 

  1. Sole custody
  2. Joint custody
  3. Split custody
  4. Non-parental custody

When sole custody is granted, only one parent has sole custody. This parent is solely responsible for the child’s care and development. They also make all of the decisions on behalf of the child and their wellbeing. The other parent can receive visitation but has no say on most of the important decisions regarding their child. However, this custody agreement must be proven in court with convincing evidence that this arrangement is what is best for the child’ well-being.

In the state of Louisiana, joint custody is preferred over any other custody arrangement. In this arrangement, one parent is usually named the “domiciliary” parent. This parent makes most of the decisions for the child, but the other parent can intervene in court when they do not agree with any decisions being made. In some cases, joint custodians have what’s called “shared custody” where each parent has 50/50 custodial time with the child(ren). Overall, joint custody arrangements allow for both parents to play relatively equal parts in making the important decisions for their child, regardless of the time spent with either parent.

Though rare, split custody is an arrangement made in which some children are sent with one parent, while other siblings are sent with the other parent. Because Louisiana puts an emphasis on the wellbeing of the children and keeping them together, this arrangement is rarely the option that the court allows. In these cases, child support may or may not be owed by either parent.

The fourth type of custody arrangement is non-parental custody. When the court proves that neither parent is suitable nor capable of parenting the child/children, custody can go to someone other than the parents. Usually, custody of the children would be given to a relative or close friend of the family.

Child custody is one of the most important details of a divorce or separation. The court system takes the child’s needs and care into account when deciding whether or not to grant custody to one, both, or neither parent. Whether that means that the child is with one parent more than the other, with both parents equally, or any other arrangement, the court takes this decision very seriously.

If you have any questions about your separation or divorce, and what your options are with regard to child custody, contact Latiolais Law Firm. Emily Latiolais is the attorney that you want on your side to make sure that your concerns are voiced, and your child’s custody arrangement is fair. The court can be intimidating, but the professionals at Latiolais Law Firm are knowledgeable and ready to assist you in striving for the best custody arrangement for your family, and most importantly, for your child/children.