What is the difference between physical custody and legal custody? Physical custody is actually having the child live with you. There are all kinds of different arrangements for physical custody and I'll discuss a lot of those in another blog. And the other part of custody is legal custody. Legal custody refers to decision making for four main areas: education, medical, religion and extracurricular activities. In addition to that decision making, legal custody is the ability to have access to the children’s records. And I'll do another video discussing those issues too.
But the main thing with any kind of custody situation is that everything must be determined based on the best interest of the child. The court has a list of factors that they go through to determine the best interests of the child.
In summary, the two different types of custody are the physical custody, that is actually having the child with you, and legal custody, which is decision making and access to records.
I hope that clears up some of those custody questions that you might have.
You may want to watch for future blogs based on the physical custody and legal custody.
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Nedra K. Howard
Nedra has represented clients in matters relating to divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and support, family violence protective orders, adoption, prenuptial agreements, business disputes and litigation, personal injury, property damage, and wills.
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