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Legal vs. Physical Child Custody

Deciding the type of child custody arrangement you and your spouse will have may be one of the most difficult parts of divorce. No one wants to have to negotiate how often they will be able to see their children or what amount of input they have in their upbringing. However, these decisions need to be made, and there are a variety of different child custody arrangements from which to choose, making it is important to be informed on all of the options before attempting to reach an agreement.

If you are going through a divorce and have child custody issues, an experienced Colleyville child custody lawyer of Alexander & Associates can help you understand all of your legal rights and help you reach an arrangement that is favorable for you and your children. To speak with an attorney today, contact our offices at 817-756-4040.

The Difference between Legal and Physical Custody

There are two main types of custody, legal and physical. The following is a brief overview of each.

  • Physical custody – Physical custody determines with whom the child or children primarily live. A parent can have sole physical custody, partial custody, or joint custody. With sole physical custody, the child lives in one location with one parent and child care is provided solely by that parent. Child support is usually provided by the non-custodial parent. Partial physical custody means that while the child remains with one parent primarily, they sometimes live (such as on weekends) in the custody of the other parent. With joint custody, arrangements are made so that both parents have nearly equal amount of time with the child or children.
  • Legal custody – Legal custody does not refer to who the child lives with or spends time with, but rather who has the right to have input on important issues, such as medical care, religion, education, and child care. As with physical custody, this right may be shared or it may be the sole responsibility of one parent.

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Child custody can be a confusing and frustrating issue to deal handle. If you are going through divorce and need legal guidance on child custody, a Colleyville child custody attorney at Alexander & Associates can help you protect your rights and interests. To speak with an attorney today, contact our offices at 817-756-4040.