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Child Custody in Wyoming
Wyoming parents who are getting divorced will have child custody and support issues decided as part of their divorce case. Unmarried parents who need to resolve child custody issues will need to go before the appropriate Wyoming District Court to have their custody case heard and resolved. Each parent should be represented by his or her own child custody attorney in these proceedings.
Fundamentals of Child Custody Law
Wyoming parents of children who are under the age of 18 will have to reach decisions on several key issues, including:
Under Wyoming child custody law, there are two types of child custody:
- Physical custody: This addresses where a child lives
- Legal custody: This addresses which parent has responsibility for making major life decisions—such as those related to schooling, religion and medical care—that affect the child
In the case of both physical and legal custody, one parent may have sole custody or both parents may have joint/shared custody. Typically, if one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent will be entitled to visitation.
Both parents are expected to contribute to the financial costs of raising a child. Legally, parents (with the help of their child custody attorneys) can negotiate their own child support agreements, and these agreements will typically be approved by the Wyoming District Court if they are in the best interests of the child. If parents are unable to reach a child support agreement, the court will calculate support payments based on a standardized formula.
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