Visiting custody and regulation

Shared custody was instituted by the Brazilian Legislation in 2008, passing its mandatory application through Law number 13.058/2014. It deals with the joint responsibility of the parents in order to safeguard all the rights of their children and jointly decide everything that concerns the minor, aiming essentially at the mutual cooperation between the parents and the best for the child. There is also the unilateral custody of one parent, when the other has given up exercising shared custody, or when the judiciary perceives that one parent does not have the necessary conditions for shared custody. Unilateral custody will be exercised by the parent who best meets the needs of the child. The regulation of visits by the other parent is ensured by law, and the regime of visits and family life can be drawn up by mutual agreement, as long as it is appropriate to the child’s routine and customs.