Custody of children is the most contested issue during a divorce. Because a determination of custody is unique to each family, the court has a wide degree of discretion. Each county will have a standard parenting order within its local rules of the court. The standard order is often the baseline or starting point when determining child custody and will identify one parent as the primary residential parent and legal custodian of the children. A typical standard order will grant the non-residential parent time with the children every other weekend from Friday evening until Sunday evening and one or two nights...
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