Child Custody

There are two kinds of child custody, for which different arrangements may be made.

Physical custody determines who the child lives with and parenting time schedules.

Legal custody determines who has the right to obtain information and make decisions about a child’s school, medical care, and religious training.

Child custody is often a component of divorce and paternity cases, although it may also be modified if there is a change of circumstances after the Court issues its first order in the case. A custody order can be revised if the parents agree that a different arrangement would work better for them and their children. Sometimes the Court can involuntarily change child custody when it is shown to a high degree of certainty that the present custody arrangement endangers the children.