Before discussing sole and joint custody, it is important to understand
the difference between
physical custody and
What Is Physical Custody?
Physical custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live
with him or her.
What Is Legal Custody?
Legal custody, on the other hand, means that a parent has the legal right
and obligation to make decisions about the child’s upbringing.
This includes decisions about their:
- Medical care
- And religious upbringing
Physical and legal custody can be either
Understanding Sole Physical Custody
Sole physical custody means that the child will live with one parent and visit with the other
parent, unless the court deems the other parent unfit.
A parent can be deemed unfit in cases involving:
- Neglect or abuse
- Alcohol or drug dependency
- And more
Joint Physical Custody Explained
Joint physical custody means that a child will spend a significant amount of time living with
both parents, while joint legal custody gives both parents a say in how
to raise and care for the child.
Generally, the courts prefer to grant joint custody in order to allow a
child to continue a healthy relationship with both parents. Of course,
the court will place the best interests of the child at the forefront
of any decision.
If it will benefit the child more to only have contact with one parent,
then that is what the court will order.
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