Jeremy: The responsibility to take care of the children is called custodyHaving the responsibility to make all the decisions for a child, including where they live. When your parents live together, both of them have to take care of you. They both have custody of you. But when your parents separate, this might change.
After your parents separate, you might live with just one parent. This is called sole custody. It means just one parent will take care of you every day. Just one parent has custody.
If one parent has custody, the other parent usually has accessThe time kids spend with the parent they don’t live with. This means that you get to visit the other parent. There are lots of different ways you can spend time with that parent.
After your parents separate, you might live with both parents in two different homes. This is called joint custody, or shared custody. Both parents take care of you and both parents help make decisions about things in your life. They both have custody of you.
When your parents separate, they might be able to agree on who has custodyHaving the responsibility to make all the decisions for a child, including where they live and how the other parent can have accessThe time kids spend with the parent they don’t live with to you. But if they can’t agree, even with the help of a mediatorA person who does mediation, and helps people agree about things, they have to go to courtA place where a judge makes decisions. The judgeA person who knows a lot about the law, makes decisions for people, and is in charge of a court will make decisions about parenting.
To make the decision, the judge will think about things like this: