Joint custody is when both parents have a say in the child-rearing decisions and share equally in the time spent with their child. This type of arrangement can work well if both parents are able to communicate effectively and put their child’s needs first.

There are two types of joint custody: legal and physical. In legal joint custody, both parents have equal input in decisions about the child’s education, health care, and religious upbringing. Physical joint custody means that the child spends approximately equal time living with each parent. Joint custody arrangements can be flexible so that they work best for the family’s particular situation.

It is important to note that even if one parent has sole legal or physical custody, the other parent still has visitation rights unless there is a reason to believe that it would not be in the child’s best interest, such as if the parent has a history of domestic violence.

What is Sole Custody?

Sole custody means that one parent has primary physical and legal custody of the child. The other parent may have visitation rights, but will not be involved in making decisions about the child’s education, health care, or religious upbringing. In some cases, a parent with sole custody may allow the other parent to have some input in these decisions, but this is not required by law.

Sole custody may be awarded to one parent for a variety of reasons, such as if the other parent has a history of domestic violence, child abuse, or substance abuse. If one parent lives far away from the other, sole custody may also be awarded to the parent who lives closer to the child’s school and extracurricular activities.

If you are seeking sole custody of your child, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and advocate for your rights.

How Can a Divorce Lawyer Help Me Get Custody of My Child?

If you are going through a divorce or other family law matter and seeking custody of your child, an experienced attorney can help. We understand the importance of your relationship with your child and will work diligently to help you obtain the custody arrangement that is in your child’s best interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

When Should I Hire a Lawyer? 

If you have already begun the process of seeking custody of your child, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. We can review your case and help you understand your legal options. Getting custody of your child or getting the best results for them is key. Call us at 508-571-5452 to get started.