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The many different types of child custody

When the subject of child custody comes up in a conversation, some people may think of it as a blanket law. But there are many different types of child custody, and every case is going to be a little different. There are many intricate details and laws that apply to child custody, so no two cases are going to be the same.

With that said, here are the four types of child custody that any divorcing couple with a child needs to be aware of:

  • Physical custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her. In many cases, this is divided among the two parents in "joint physical custody," allowing the child to maintain relationships with both of his or her parents.
  • Legal custody pertains to the decisions a parent can make for his or her child. If you have legal custody of a child, it means you can decides what religion he or she follows, what school they attend and how they are raised (in general).
  • Joint custody, as mentioned above, means that both of the parents maintain some control over the physical or legal custody of the child. Meanwhile, sole custody affords just one of the parents the full control over physical or legal custody.

There are also uniform child custody rules for interstate custody, should that situation arise immediately after a divorce or much later on. If a parent moves to a different state, these guidelines instruct the courts on how to decide a child custody dispute or matter.

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