Custody and access rights If parents separate, it is often unclear to them what changes around the care and access rights. Knowledge about rights and duties creates clarity and leads to a good solution in the sense of the child. If you have a child custody case, you need to hire a child custody lawyer. What do the terms custody and access rights mean at Trugman Law Group? Custody includes the rights and obligations of a parent to the child. This includes the task of caring for the child, taking care of it and representing it legally. A parent who is entitled to care decides on all aspects of the child, such as how it is being cared for, which school it is visiting or whether it is being baptized. In a divorce usually both parents keep the joint custody. The right to reside, ie the right to choose the place of residence and residence of the child, is part of the custody, but may also be transferred to only one parent. The right of access, on the other hand, covers care for the contact and the relationship between the child and the parent. The right has the child as well as the separated parent, even siblings and other familiar persons can have a right of access. If the parents can not agree on how the right of access will be arranged a judge will decide. Trugman Law Group is a family law firm in Newport Beach.