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Understanding Different Child Custody Types

Divorce could be an emotionally charged experience for both spouses. According to the website of the attorneys at BB Law Group PLLC, the idea of living separate lives, both physically and legally, can be tremendously overwhelming for all parties involved. But apart from the couple, children could also take their fair share of emotions. This holds true especially for those who have to move between two parents.

The website of the lawyers at Arenson Law Group, PC says that divorcing couples should study carefully what works best for their kids. After all, the kids are the most important factor in such cases. In the U.S., there are many different child custody types:

Physical custody

Physical custody refers to the right of a parent to have his/her child live with him/her. Physical custody can either be sole or joint. In sole physical custody, either parent is allowed to live with the child. Joint physical custody, on the other hand, means the child will spend significant period of time with one parent. Because the child needs to be shuttled from one parent to another, it is best if both parents live relatively near each other so as not to disrupt the child’s routine.

Legal custody

Legal custody refers to the right of one or both parent to decide on matters concerning their child’s upbringing. It could be a decision about where the child will go schooling, or what his religion should be. Legal custody can either be sole or shared. In the U.S., most courts grant parents joint legal custody for the child.

In a child custody arrangement where both parents are divorced and are living separately, courts usually grant them a joint physical and legal custody. The child may have to spend his/her entire weekends with one parent, while spending his/her weekends with the other. Whatever the arrangement would be, both parents should know that animosity and failure to cooperate could negatively affect the child, and may even lead to distressing legal battles.