Custody arrangements for children after divorce are decided by physical and legal custody rights of each parent. Physical custody decides which parent will become the custodial parent after the divorce. This role means that the child will reside with this parent and it grants that parent as the primary caretaker since they will be spending more time with the child in comparison to the other parent. Legal custody decides on what parent is involved in the major decisions in the child’s life. When a parent is granted legal custody of a child, they will be able to make major decisions for the child. These decisions can involve the child’s education, medical treatment, religion and more.

Parents may be granted a combination of both custody categories depending on the situation. In other cases, parents may be granted just physical or legal custody. If you are granted physical custody of the child, it does not automatically mean you are granted legal custody as well. Parents who do not win physical custody of their child can still fight for legal custody so that they are able to be involved in their child’s life.

What’s the difference between joint custody and sole custody?

For child custody arrangements, each case differs on how the custody is split. Cases can be split by joint custody or even sole custody depending on the situation. For all cases, the best interests of the child should be the first thing in mind. Judges will decide for the child’s health and safety. Otherwise, parents should do the same.

Sole custody arrangement can be rare. They are usually only created when one parent is categorized as unfit. Joint custody arrangements allows for both parents to be a part of the child’s life. For these custody arrangements, parents need to work together to communicate properly. This requires the cooperation of both parties. Overall, these custody arrangements can help the child maintain a normal lifestyle after their parents have split. With both their parents in their lives on a regular basis, children may be able to adjust to the divorce quicker and easier.

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