When a couple decides to get separated, The biggest question arises is what about children? This phase of life is very hard for both mom and dad. The term child custody related to the support and control of a child that is dictated by the court, when the guardians of the kids are isolated or divorced.

If divorce is unavoidable, harsh fights can’t be the alternative to settle issues of childcare and access. Guardianship of a child, when parents separate, it only suggests as to who the child will physically live with but both mom & dad continue to be the natural guardians.

The custodial guardian will be the prime curator responsible for the sentimental, medicinal, cultural and educational needs of the child and the non-custodial parent who does not lose the rights over the kid will have the privilege of access.

Types of Child Custody

Every country has its own judicial system and according to these systems, the child custody law may vary

from country to country. Read more about the types of child custody laws here.

  1. Physical Custody – Physical custody implies that a parent has the privilege to have kids to live with mom or dad. A few countries will grant joint physical custody when the children spend sufficient amounts of time with both guardians.
  2. Legal Custody – Legal custody of a kid means having the privilege, and the commitment to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. A parent with legal custody can make choices about kid’s tutoring, medical care, religious and upbringing.
  3. Sole Custody – In this type of child custody, any one parent can have either sole legal custody or sole physical custody of a kid. Most of the time court awards sole physical custody to the parent who can upbringing the child in a good way if another parent is regarded unfit.
  4. Joint Custody – Guardians who don’t live with each other have joint custody (also known as shared custody) but they share the decision-making authority for, and/or physical control and custody of, their kids.

Here are some unusual facts about joint custody

  • Mom or dad can make a decision about their kids legally without getting approval from each other.
  • Neither one of the parents can move their kid away from the other parent except if they demonstrate to the court that it is to the greatest advantage of the kid to do as such.
  • If a court order one side pays child support and if other parent fails to do so, visitation rights can be retained.