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Your Options In A Child Custody Order

On Behalf of | Sep 26, 2022 | Family Law

Child custody orders are made so that parents have a better understanding of their role as divorced or single parents. 

Parents can come to a mutual agreement when creating a child custody order or let the court decide in the best interest of the child. There are several different ways custody can be defined. Here’s what you should know:

Legal custody

There is often much debate as to how a child should be raised. You and your spouse may have a few questions as to how to care for your kid:

  • What is their diet?
  • Where are they going to school?
  • Where do they go for medical, dental and vision care?
  • What sort of medication will they take?
  • Do they follow any religious teachings?

A parent who has legal custody over their child will decide all of these questions. 

Physical custody

Likewise, there will likely be a discussion as to which parent the child lives with. A parent with physical custody will have their child live with them and will be responsible for providing for their child’s needs. 

Sole custody

Both legal and physical child custody may be granted to a single parent. That means this parent will make all of the decisions for their living situation and how they are raised. The other parent may be awarded visitation rights if one parent has sole physical custody.

Joint custody

One parent doesn’t have to control everything for their child and may work with the other parent under joint or “shared” custody. In other words, all physical and legal custody agreements will be decided respectfully between both parents when there’s joint custody.

If you’re looking to make a child custody agreement, then you may need to reach out for legal help when discussing family matters.