What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody?

Many people do not realize that legal and physical custody of children are not always the same. Legal custody refers to the right to determine various aspects of a child’s life, such as medical and educational requirements, religion, and other important decisions. Usually, legal custody is awarded to both parents in a divorce. On the other hand, physical custody refers to the parent with whom the child primarily lives, though the parent without physical custody is often allowed visitation rights.

Child custody battles can be emotionally draining, so it’s important to have an attorney on your side who you can trust to represent your needs and interests. For help with your divorce and child custody arrangements, contact the experienced Lewisville divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates today by calling (972) 420-6560.