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What exactly does "custody" mean?

Absent extenuating circumstances, Judges in the larger Nebraska communities generally find that it is in the best interest of a child to have equal relationship with both parents, regardless of how the custody order is worded. Even where one parent has sole physical custody, the Judges often deviate from the established standard visitation in Nebraska of every other weekend and one night a week for the non-custodial parent. As a result, unless the other parent is a danger to the child, you will both continue to be involved in the child’s life... even if there is a step parent or other relationship you do not approve of.

Legal custody simply refers to the right of a parent to participate in major decisions affecting his/her children. Each parent has input on medical treatment, education and religion and is able to communicate with the child’s doctors, caregivers, teachers, etc, regardless of where physical custody lies. Physical custody refers to the amount of time a child spends with each parent. Court-ordered child support payments will be determined in part by the physical custody arrangement.