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Idaho Child Custody Law: The Basics

Working in the Best Interest of the Children

In Idaho, the child custody laws state that the court will decide what custody arrangement is in the best interest of the children. Typically, there are two components, joint custody and sole custody. Our team of Pocatello child custody lawyers at May, Rammell & Wells can help you to make sure that your child’s best interests are at heart in your child custody arrangement. We understand that your situation is unique, and we can work with you to determine the best plan of action as you move forward with a new chapter of your life.

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Key Points in Child Custody Cases

Child custody cases have two determining paths, sole custody or joint custody, which can be physical or legal in nature. In addition, child support and visitation may also come into play.

Here are some brief definitions or key child custody terms for easy reference:

  1. Sole legal custody is when one of the parents has legal rights to decision-making, responsibilities and authority over health decisions, child welfare and education.
  2. Sole physical custody is when a child resides with one parent.
  3. Joint legal custody is when both parents share the decisions regarding education, health care, well being and responsibility. The parents must discuss any decisions made regarding taking care of the child.
  4. Joint physical custody is when the parents share the child’s time and the child lives with each person for specified days/times. (These times are not always equally split between both parents.)
  5. Child support is determined based on each parent’s gross monthly income and other familial expenses and the financial stability of the person who has most of the child’s residential time.

Child Support and Visitation

Know that once child custody agreements are determined and in place, you have rights to protect those agreements. Whether you are the main custodial parent or the parent with visitation rights, you are protected by the law regarding your agreement. No parent can legally withhold visitation, regardless of child support payment, as they are considered separate legal concerns. Idaho courts uphold that both parents have the right to meaningful relationships with their child.

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If you are facing a child custody case or an upcoming divorce you need to know what your rights are and how to proceed. Our team of Pocatello child custody attorneys can help you determine the next steps for your child custody case and help you to reach an outcome that is best for your children. We understand how stressful and exhausting a child custody case can be and we want to help you make a smooth transition. Let us handle the legal legwork so you can focus on your children.

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