Child Custody: What Types Are Realistic for Your Situation?
Sole physical custody
Only one parent is awarded custody of the child. This generally occurs when one of the parents is deemed unfit to have custody of the child for one or more reasons.
Sole legal custody
One parent has the decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority relating to the health, education, and welfare of the child. The parent that has sole legal custody must keep the other parent apprised of decisions/issues related to the health, education, and welfare of the child.
Joint physical custody
This involves an arrangement whereby each of the parents are awarded significant, but not necessarily equal, periods of time during which a child resides with or is under the care and supervision of each of the parents. Joint physical custody must be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents. A number of custody arrangements are possible with a joint physical custody arrangement. The arrangements can include an equal split of time with the children to a situation whereby one parent has custody every other weekend with extended time in the summer.
Joint legal custody
This involves both parents have the legal right to make real-life decisions concerning the child's schooling, curricular-activities, healthcare, etc,
Joint physical and legal custody
This involves both parents sharing physical and legal custody of their children. These parents no longer cohabitate but create a shared schedule of time with their children.
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