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The parent who wins custody of the child will be responsible for the every-day care and control of the minor child or children. Typically, the child or children will live with the custodial parent and this parent will be responsible for the day-to-day decisions made with regard to the child.
Child custody law is clear, however, that the non-custodial parent, unless proven unfit, is to have ample and frequent visitation with the child. Custody guidelines may vary from county to county, state to state, but in general, the court prefers that children enjoy liberal access to both parents.
It is important to remember that children are often the victim in a divorce situation and can experience feelings of guilt and a strong desire for their parents to be together again at best, but able to maintain a good relationship at least. Parents should work together to ensure this type of relationship with regard to the children to lessen the effects of divorce as much as possible.