When people think of children and divorce, one of the first things they think of is custody—who gets the kids? However, what many don’t realize is that custody involves more than who the child lives with. There are two types of custody: physical and legal. It's always a good idea to consult with a family law attorney to make sure that you fully understand what types of custody to request.
A parent who has physical custody is the one the child lives with. Physical custody can come in two forms:
On the other hand, a parent who has legal custody has the legal authority to make decisions that affect the child. Examples of these types of decisions:
Legal custody can be sole or shared, just like the way it is for physical custody. Spouses who have joint legal custody over their child share decision-making authority, whereas a spouse with sole legal custody has the final say.