Obtaining Physical Custody
What Is Physical Child Custody?
When considering child custody, most people are thinking of physical custody.
This is different from
legal custody which deals with the actual decisions that a parent will face when raising
a child - such as religion and schooling. Physical custody is a little
more basic - it deals with the actual geographical location of a child.
A parent who has physical custody will typically be considered the custodial
parent and will have a child that lives with them.
In many situations, a court will award what is known as
joint custody. In such situations, both parents will set up a schedule where the child
will split the time spent at both parent's homes. This is usually easiest
done when the parents live in close proximity with each other as the child
can then attend the same school and maintain the same support group. If
sole custody is awarded, however, the court will often work with the non-custodial
parent to establish a
visitation schedule so that the child can spend time with both parents.
Physical Custody vs. Visitation
It is important not to confuse custody with visitation. Simply because
you and your spouse have agreed on the times when you can see your children,
does not mean that you have custody. The main difference between custody
and visitation is responsibility. Those who have custody of their children
retain the rights to make decisions about the child's future and well-being.
Those who simply have visitation rights can see their children, but have
no say in their lives. A
Corona child custody lawyer can from our firm help you work toward a favorable custody arrangement.
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