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What’s included in a child custody order?

On Behalf of | Mar 7, 2024 | FAMILY LAW - Child Custody |

When parents of minor children separate or divorce in Alaska, a custody order helps both sides know what to expect when it comes to co-parenting. A thorough custody order outlines all matters of custody so that each parent is prepared to provide care for the child during their parenting time. While what’s in the custody order can vary greatly from one situation to another, there is a basic guideline for what will be included in most custody orders. Including this information ensures that both parents are on the same page. 

What’s in the custody order? 

One of the most important parts of the custody order is the parenting schedule. It should outline in detail the specific dates and times when the child will be with each parent. The schedule should also include information on when and where the child will be transferred from one parent to the other. The order should define whether out-of-state or international travel is permitted. 

The custody order should also list who will oversee making important decisions on behalf of the child about health, education, and other important matters. The order should confirm which parent can file for PFDs and which will be allowed to claim the child for tax purposes. Lastly, information on child support payment amounts and dates should be included.  

Legal help 

Parents often struggle with negotiating matters surrounding child custody and support. An Alaska family law attorney can help one navigate these difficult decisions during separation or divorce. A thorough custody order with emphasis on what’s best for the child will help both parties move forward in the co-parenting process.