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Child custody issues mount for celebrity couple

Rhode Island residents who are going through a divorce and have children understand how challenging the process can be. Child custody issues are often at the center of divorce disputes. Former Real Housewife and Skinny girl mogul, Bethenny Frankel is no exception.

Frankel is in the middle of a highly contested divorce with her soon to be ex, Jason Hoppy. The couple was married in 2010 and instead of celebrating their third wedding anniversary, they are in the midst of an intense custody battle over their 2 year-old daughter, Bryn. Hoppy has filed for both child support and primary custody of their daughter.

Rhode Island residents who are divorcing and have children face an even more difficult battle than those without. It is important to understand what child custody really means and the various forms the parents or the court can decide to award when there is a custody dispute. The parents can agree to joint custody of the child or in some cases, a court can award sole custody to one parent.

Child custody breaks down to physical custody (often times called primary placement) and legal custody. Physical custody (child placement) means that the child will be living with the parent who has granted this type of custody. Sole physical placement is usually only granted to one parent over the other in cases where the parents do not live in close proximity or one parent has shown behavior that is not in the best interests of the child. Oftentimes, parents will have joint physical custody (shared parenting). Legal custody of the child involves being in a position to make life decisions and choices involving how the child will be raised (medical, educational, summer activities and religious issues).

Rhode Island residents facing child custody issues should not feel overwhelmed. There are family legal professional who can assist in making the process a more peaceful, smooth transition. It is important for those facing child custody issues to seek out answers and make sure their rights are protected.

Source: DailyMail, "Sharing the load: Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy settle into separated life as they split daughter Bryn's school runs", April 4, 2013

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