In North Dakota divorce or paternity actions involving minor children, parents, attorneys, and courts strive to develop individualized “parenting plans” designed to serve the children’s best interests. These parenting plans will address a number of issues, including where the children will reside, how much time the children will spend with each parent, when and where exchanges will occur, and how important decisions regarding the children will be made.
Every parenting plan will address two basic types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. You will find custody terminology, especially as it relates to physical and legal custody, varies from state to state. North Dakota defines physical custody as “residential responsibility,” and legal custody as “decision-making responsibility.”
Resolving residential and decision-making responsibility in family law matters is often complicated, time consuming, and emotional. It is important you have a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney guiding you through this process.