If you are considering a divorce and have children, one of the most important things on your mind is who will take care of your kids. You may have heard the terms “sole custody” and “joint custody” but may not know exactly what they mean. In this blog, we’ll provide a brief overview of the different types of custody.
Before discussing sole and joint custody, it is important to understand the difference between physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her. Legal custody, on the other hand, means that a parent has the legal right and obligation to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as decisions about their medical care, schooling, and religious upbringing.
Physical and legal custody can be either sole or shared. 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, such as in cases involving neglect or abuse, alcohol or drug dependency, etc. 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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