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What is Joint Legal Custody?

In Child Custody, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Child custody issues comprise some of the most emotional and bitterly contested battles that our family law firm sees. The reason is obvious for anyone with kids: nothing in the world matters more than their safety, stability, and happiness. Physical Custody versus Legal Custody There are essentially two types of custody recognized by North Carolina family courts: legal and physical custody. Physical custody is what most people envision when they think of custody. It can be described as whom the child lives with, where the child lives, and when the child sees each parent. In contrast, legal custody encompasses the rights and duties of parents in making major parenting decisions regarding a child. These decisions include a child’s education, health and medical decisions, activities, and religious upbringing. Beyond the types …