Adoption is a legal process where an adult becomes the guardian of a child and forms a parent-child relationship. The legal relationship results in the child becoming the legal heir of the adopter and is given the rights, privileges and duties of a child in adopted family.
Child custody is a legal term which is used to describe the legal relationship between a parent or guardian and a child. This term applies to the support and control of a child that is determined by the Court which includes divorce, annulment, separation, adoption or parental death.
Child support is a parent’s legal obligation to provide financial support of raising his or her child. This support is usually provided until the child reaches the age of majority. Normally child support is paid by the non- custodial parent to the custodial parent.
A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by court in a legal proceeding. In divorce proceedings, spouses can agree upon the division of property, child-custody rights and financial support responsibilities.