What’s the difference between legal and physical custody for children?

In family law, custody is categorized into two types: legal and physical. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right and responsibility to make decisions regarding a child’s upbringing, including choices about education, healthcare, and religious practices. On the other hand, physical custody relates to where the child physically resides most of the time. While joint physical custody where the child spends significant time with both parents is common, the exact division can greatly vary.

Custody terms can significantly impact your family dynamics, so if you find yourself fighting through a child custody case, don’t hesitate to reach out to Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP to set up an initial consultation.