It is crucial for divorcing parents to understand that there are different types of Child Custody. The term Physical Custody denotes where the child will actually live. Parents may agree that there will be a shared Physical Custody arrangement or that one parent will be the Primary Physical Custodial with an appropriate Parenting Plan to ensure that the child spends time with each parent.
The term legal custody denotes who will make all of the major life decisions regarding the child’s education, health decisions and all around decisions affecting the child’s livelihood. In cases where parties are able to effectively communicate it is common that Legal Custody be shared.