What Most People Don’t Know About Child Custody


If you have any minor children and are getting divorced, you will need to make some decisions about child custody. Perhaps you need the aid of attorneys rather than letting the court may have to make the decision for you.

Did You Know There Are Two Kinds of Child Custody?

The Court needs to decide on two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody.

Legal Custody:

Legal custody gives a parent the right to make major decisions for the child. These decisions include where the child goes for schooling, medical care, and religious fellowship. A parent with sole legal custody will make nearly all major decisions for the child. Parents with joint legal custody will need to work with each other to make decisions.

Physical Custody:

Physical custody relates to how much time the child spends living with each parent. A parent with sole physical custody will have the child for a majority of overnights, subject to the other parent’s right to parent time. Parents with joint physical custody will have the child for an equal or semi-equal amount of overnights such as what is based on a detailed plan.

How This Information Can Help You With Your Case:

Often, the plan explains how the decision-making process will work, what decisions will be made, and how to resolve a dispute where no agreement can be reached.

Even if you don’t think you need an attorney it will always be a good decision to consult with a specialist. This is especially true when the decision can have lasting effects on your family relationships.

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