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The Types of Child Custody

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Going through a divorce is hard enough, but it’s even harder when there are children involved. Some folks may find themselves in need of help when trying to figure out which parent gets custody and what visitation rules, if any, are going to be in play. Additionally, there are some situations in which a couple may have never been married, but need to figure out custody details for a child they have together.

No matter the situation, it is important to know that there are two main types of custody that can be awarded in a child custody case. Read on to learn more about the two types and what each one entails for each parent.

  1. Physical Custody: Physical custody involves the child “physically” living with one or both parents.
  2. Legal Custody: Legal custody gives one or both parents the right to make decisions about the child’s life and upbringing, such as schooling, medical issues, and religion.

Each type of custody listed above can be awarded in the form of Joint or Sole custody.

  • Joint Custody: Both parents are given the right to a particular type of custody.
  • Sole Custody: One parent is given the right to a particular type of custody.

For example, a judge can award both parents legal custody, while only giving one parent physical custody and the other visitation. In this situation, only the parent with physical custody has the right to have the child live with him or her. However, both parents have the right and obligation to make decisions about the child’s upbringing.

If you find yourself in a custody battle, don’t go through it alone. Contact the Harding Law Firm today for a FREE consultation!