One of the hardest parts of a divorce is deciding on child custody arrangements. That's why it will help to know about five different options to help get you thinking of what will work best for you.
Sole Physical Custody
In a sole physical custody arrangement, there will be only one parent with physical custody of their child. That is the parent they will be spending the vast majority of their time with and be their primary residence. The parent without sole physical custody will still have visitation rights in this custody situation, but they may be very limited.
Joint Physical Custody
A joint physical custody arrangement is when both parents share the custody of a child, where the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents. They will have their own bedroom at each parent's house, and the time is typically split evenly between both parents. If the time is not split evenly, then it is likely split in a way that works best for the child. For example, a child may live with one parent on school days, and with the other parent on weekends.
Sole Legal Custody
Sole legal custody is very similar to sole physical custody where one parent is primarily in control. However, the main difference is that sole legal custody takes things an additional step further in terms of decision-making. That parent with sole physical custody will also be the parent that is able to make decisions regarding a child's religion, healthcare, education, and things of that nature. The non-custodial parent does not have decision-making authority in those areas.
Joint Legal Custody
Joint legal custody is often in combination with joint physical custody. It's a similar arrangement where both parents have decision-making power over how a child is raised. It is often used in situations where both parents are willing to work together to be a part of their child's life and still want to make decisions together as parents.
Bird's Nest Custody
Bird's nest custody is a unique custody arrangement that is not used as often, but it is still an option. Rather than having the child be the one that switches between homes, it is the parents that switch between homes while the child stays in their primary home. It can be the least disruptive method for a child since the transition between custodial parents is very seamless to them.
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