Not all child custody is the same--there are several different types that can be awarded by a judge.

Physical custody can come in two forms: joint custody, where the child splits his time between the two parents; or sole custody, which is when the child only lives with one of the parents.

However, people can also be awarded legal custody, which is independent of the child’s living situation. Legal custody usually involves making decisions about the child's religion, education, and medical care, for example.

For more on custody, browse the Avvo guides below.