Legal Custody v. Physical Custody

Child custody is an important factor that plays a major role in many divorces, and can easily cause contention between spouses. When determining child custody, many people think of custody as one overall thing, but there are actually two kinds of custody, both of which are important for people to know about: legal custody and physical custody. Understanding the differences between these two types of custody will better prepare you for your own divorce proceedings, especially if you have children from your marriage.

Custody issues can be among the most confusing aspects of divorce proceedings, but the Lewisville child custody attorneys of Alexander & Associates are completely dedicated to demystifying this process for each of our clients and making sure you are well-represented throughout the process. Call us today at (972) 420-6560 to discuss any aspect of child custody issues that concerns you or to speak with one of us about making sure that your child custody arrangement is fair.

Differences Between Legal and Physical Custody

Usually, in an amicable divorce where both parents are deemed fit, both parents of a child or children retain legal custody over them. This means that each parent has some say over the upbringing and education, in addition to medical or other needs, of each child involved. Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to the parent with whom a child or children actually live after a divorce. A divorcing couple might have an arrangement that involves:

  • Joint Physical Custody
  • Sole Physical Custody
  • Visitation Agreements

Depending on the needs of any children involved, a court will award custody to one or both parents. But it’s important for every parent to be aware of different kinds of custody, not just the differences between legal and physical custody, but also the subsets of physical custody itself.

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To learn more about child custody arrangements and how you can make sure that you fight for a fair one for yourself, contact an experienced Lewisville divorce attorney of Alexander & Associates today by calling our offices at (972) 420-6560.