Full Custody and Joint Custody

Full Custody

Full custody may refer to both sole physical custody - where a child resides with and is under the supervision of one parent, subject to the power of the court to order visitation. *Physical custody involves the day-to-day care of a child and establishes where a child will live. Full custody also includes sole legal custody - where one parent has the ability to have access to their children's records, such as educational records, health records, and other records.

Joint Custody

Joint custody is a court order whereby custody of a child is awarded to both parties. In joint custody both parents are custodial parents and neither parent is a non-custodial parent, or, in other words, the child has two custodial parents.

In the United States, many states recognize two forms of joint custody, which include joint physical custody and joint legal custody. In joint physical custody, the actual lodging and care of the child is shared according to a court-ordered custody schedule. In joint legal custody, both parents share the ability to have access to their children's records, such as educational records, health records, and other records.


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