Types of Child Custody


There are two types of custody: physical custody and legal custody.

Physical Custody


Physical custody determines where, when, and with whom the children will live. If you have primary physical custody the children will live with you the majority of the time and have schedule visitation with the other parent. The parents may also have joint physical custody, meaning that the children are with each parent approximately equal time. This type of schedule works best both parents can co-parent effectively, meaning that they can work together and communicate in a positive and productive way.

Legal Custody


Legal custody determines which parent has the authority to make the major decisions for the children. This could include such things as where the children go to school, medical decisions, and when they will be allowed to get their driver’s license. If you have joint legal custody, it is important that you and the other parent are able to communicate and work together regarding these types of decisions for your children. If not, then it may be best that one parent be awarded primary legal custody and consult with the other parent regarding major decisions.

Separation and divorce is difficult. When you have children to consider and take care of you may be feeling overwhelmed. Call us and set an appointment to talk with us and share your questions and concerns. We can talk with you about a custody plan and help you resolve this issue so you can get back to being the best parent you can be. Learn more by scheduling a comprehensive consultation through our online contact form or by calling 919-719-3470.

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