When you and your ex-partner are going over your options about how best to care for your children after the split, you’ll run into potentially confusing legal terms. Here are three of the custody options people settle on:
1. Sole custody One party has the exclusive right to live with the child and take on primary parenting responsibilities. In these cases, the other parent may be granted visitation rights.
2. Joint custody. In this scenario, both parents share responsibility for parenting. This can be broken down further: Joint legal custody means the child has one primary residence but legal decisions are made by both parents; with shared physical custody, the child lives with each parent at least 35% of the time.