How often is sole legal custody and sole physical custody split between parents after a trial in NYS?

Asked 10 months ago - New York, NY

How often will a court award one parent sole LEGAL custody and the other parent sole PHYSICAL custody when the forensics recommends one parent gets both sole legal and physical custody?

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  1. David Ivan Bliven


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    Answered . Perhaps a definition on terms is warranted to answer your query. From my end, "legal" custody and "primary physical custody" mean the same thing. Thus, a Judge would not award 1 parent legal custody & the other parent physical custody as it would be contradictory. If "legal" custody is otherwise defined to mean "decision-making authority," however, I can say it would be very rare indeed for a Judge to award primary physical custody to one parent, while vesting decision-making authority to the non-custodial parent. Schedule a consultation with a NYC Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.

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  2. Deborah G. Fiss

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    Answered . When parents do not get along, Courts do not grant joint decisionmaking as there is not a basis on which the parties could share and exchange ideas. Thus, under those circumstances, and, where, as here, a forensic expert is recommending one parent for sole legal and physical custody, the Court is unlikely to grant one parent decisionmaking and, the other, residential custody.

  3. David Zaslavsky

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    Answered . What you describe never happens. It is not within the power of the Court to allow.

    I am an attorney with over a decade of experience in Matrimonial and Family Law with offices in Brooklyn and... more
  4. James Frank Nemia

    Contributor Level 6

    Answered . Never. It would be a patently illogical conclusion.

Related Topics

Child Custody

Child custody involves decisions about who will be responsible for a child, including parental rights, for both married and unmarried parents, and adoptions.

Physical custody

Physical custody means the parent that the child lives with. Most parents have joint custody, but depending on the circumstances a court may award sole custody.

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