When most people think of child custody, they think of physical custody, however, there are two types of custody in North Carolina:
- Legal Custody - decision-making authority for decisions which transcend day-to-day life. Examples include where the minor child will go to school, which religion the minor child will practice, and non-emergency medical decisions.
- Physical Custody- visitation schedule between parties, including overnights, dinner visits, and the like.
There are a few different ways child custody can be awarded:
- Sole Custody- one parent (the custodial parent) has legal and physical custody of the child, so the noncustodial parent cannot make decisions regarding the child.
- Sole Legal Custody- one parent (the custodial) has legal custody of the child, so the noncustodial parent cannot make decisions for the child but can co-parent regarding visitation with the child.
- Joint Physical Custody- the children live with both parents, splitting time equally with each.
- Joint Legal Custody- decisions that affect the child are shared by both parents.
In joint custody situations, one parent may be awarded primary physical custody, meaning that this parent has more than half the time with the child, while the other parent shares less than half.
Call Rech Law, P.C. today to learn more about your rights in your child custody case!