Child custody arrangements can be one of the hardest things to work out when your relationship ends. Remember, this is not a battle between you and your ex-partner. The aim is to decide what is best for your child. So, it is important to know the different types of child custody under Mississippi law.
What is the difference between physical custody and legal custody?
- Physical custody determines where your child lives.
- Legal custody determines who makes decisions for your child.
What is the difference between sole custody and joint custody?
- Sole custody is given to just one person.
- Joint custody is shared.
- Both physical and legal custody can be sole or joint.
Where will your child live? If you and your ex-partner live close to each other, and your child can move between your homes without too much disruption, joint physical custody may be an option. However, sole physical custody is more common. In this case, you need to consider arrangements so your child can see their other parent.
Legal custody determines who can make the big decisions in your child’s life, such as which school they go to or which religion they follow. Sole legal custody is a tough call. Judges usually only award sole legal custody when they decide one parent is unfit to parent.
How child custody arrangements are determined is crucial in ensuring the best for your child. In the heat of a separation or divorce, it can be hard to see clearly. An experienced family lawyer can bring an objective view and help you get the best arrangements for your child.