Custody could either be physical or legal. When a parent has physical custody over the children, this means that he/she physically lives with them at home. On the other hand, legal custody means that the parent has a right to make decisions regarding the welfare and development of the child. These include decisions regarding education and medical care.
Ideally, joint physical and legal custody is the best arrangement for divorced couples and their children. This arrangement is also known as shared parenting. In this setup, the children will split their time between each parent’s residence. Both parents must also agree on the education and medical needs of each child.
Due to many factors, joint physical and legal custody is not always attainable. In some cases, parents may have joint legal custody, or one parent might be granted (sole) physical custody or legal custody. The other parent will have visitation rights or be granted a weekend schedule with the children. Every situation is different and may have different custody arrangements to meet the needs of each family.
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