Child Custody

Child custody and guardianship are legal terms which are used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child. This includes the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, and also the parent’s duty to care for the child.

Types of Custody

There are two broad forms of child custody – legal custody and physical custody.

Legal Custody

The legal authority to make major decisions on behalf of a child is know as legal custody. Major decisions may include where a child will go to school, non-emergency medical decisions and the type of education the child may receive.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where a child is going to live. This can be further broken down to Sole custody, where the child always resides with one parent and shared custody where a child splits their time between parents.

It is natural for parents to want to protect their children’s best interests. It has been my experience that child custody is often the most difficult area for divorcing parents to face. Contact me and I can help guide you through this difficult time.