In matters of divorce and dissolution of a partnership, child custody issues can be simple or complex, depending on the parties’ ability to cooperate with one another, their living styles and the best interests of the child.
Child custody has two components: legal and physical.
Legal custody means the decision-making right/responsibility regarding substantive issues like education, religion and non-emergency medical care. Except for a small percentage of cases, most parents share legal custody.
Physical custody refers to the actual care and control of the children – where the children are and for what periods of time (e.g. the parenting schedule). Joint physical custody does not necessarily mean exactly equal parenting time with the children.
As with legal custody, parents may also have joint physical custody or sole physical custody. It is important to keep in mind that it is public policy to assure that the children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents except in those situations in which it is not in the best interest of the children.
Getting Legal Help
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