Types of Child Custody

There are different types of child custody. Your post divorce parental rights will depend on the type of custody awarded to you. This section provides information about the different types of child custody. Please click on the links to know more:

  • The Various Types of Child Custody : Overview of the various types of child custody and the pros and cons of each, including physical custody; legal custody; sole custody; joint custody; and information about joint custody agreements.
  • Legal Custody : Full definition and explanation of legal custody, which is different than physical custody in that it allows a parent to make long-term decisions about the child’s upbringing and well-being.
  • Physical Custody : Definition and explanation of physical custody, which differs from legal custody in that it involves the determination of where a child lives on a day-to-day basis.
  • Sole Custody : Definition and explanation of sole custody, an arrangement whereby only one parent has full custody of their child, often awarded in cases where the other parent is abusive or absent.
  • Joint Custody : Overview of joint custody, a relatively common arrangement for divorced or unmarried parents in which the child splits his or her time between the two parents’ living quarters.
  • Grandparent Visitation and Custody : Basics of what a court considers when grandparents seek visitation or custody of a child, a determination that is primarily based on the child’s needs and best interests.

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