For many divorced and separated parents with children, there is a common answer as to why they ended up with the child custody and visitation arrangement they have: "the judge decided it." In other words, the judge chose the parenting arrangement based on his or her belief of what was in the child's best interest.
Judges do not always make the child custody decision or choose the parenting plan arrangement. In fact, more often than not, the judge will not make the child custody decision for the parents. It is usually when the parents are unable to reach an agreement on child custody that a judge will choose the parenting arrangement for them. If the judge makes the child custody decision for the parents, it is often referred to as a final judicial order or judgment on child custody.
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