The situation is less clear when it comes to paternity or when the parents are not married. In the United States, state custody laws do not automatically prioritize mother over father, but courts apply the best interest doctrine to determine what is in the best interests of the child. Custody cases involving infants are inherently a bit complicated. On the one hand, the baby might need more access to his mother to breastfeed. On the other hand, fathers are entitled to frequent visits to connect with their children from birth, regardless of their relationship status with the mother. So what`s the best way to manage a custody agreement for infants? It depends on a large number of factors. The well-being of the baby should be the most important reflection and the courts take into account the best interests of the child over the wishes or wishes of both parents. Establishing a custody agreement for a newborn can be a challenge, as the needs of a newborn are very different from the needs of an older child and the needs of babies can change as quickly as the baby grows. Custody is the right of biological parents to incorporate important legal decisions regarding the child`s education, the school he attends, religious preference or church (if any) and the health care he receives.
Custody, including legal and physical custody, may be exclusive, common or shared. The courts will generally be responsible for shared custody unless it is not in the best interests of the child. This could include an incapacity, imprisoned, abusive or neglected parent. Shared custody means that both parents have the same right to participate in important decisions concerning the child, from birth to the child`s age to make their own decisions, usually aged 18 in most states. . . .