What's The Difference Between Physical Custody and Legal Child Custody

The Difference Between Physical Custody and Legal Child Custody

What is the difference between physical custody and legal child custody and how are these different than parenting time in a Louisville divorce?  Most people understand parenting time is the schedule of visitation for each child after a divorce. Our courts believe it is in the best interest of a child to spend quality time with each parent and parenting time is actually a component of physical custody.

Child custody is often confused for parenting time.  Child custody is actually the legal orders regarding who will have the right to make important decisions in the life of the child (legal custody) and who a child may reside with (physical custody).  While legally speaking there is a substantial difference between legal custody and physical custody n many cases the parents will share both forms of child custody.

In other cases these issues are hotly contested. There may be issues which affect the welfare of the children such as alcohol or drug addiction, domestic violence or criminal activity.  In some cases there may be a question of mental disorders, parental responsibility or simply a dispute between the parents as to whom the child should ultimately reside with.

The experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd have represented Louisville parents in divorce for decades.  This extensive experience informs the advice and guidance we provide to clients in these matters.  We work to accomplish our client’s goals and objectives in a professional and productive manner.

Child custody and parenting time can be a wonderful collaboration between loving parents, an all out legal battle or anywhere in between. Our proven trial attorneys protect your interests before the judge or magistrate whenever a matter of principle demands.

Mediation is an excellent alternative to litigation which can facilitate a resolution while reducing the emotional impact as well as the time and cost associated with child custody and parenting time disputes.

Are you concerned about the difference between physical and legal child custody in a Louisville divorce case? We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact Dodd & Dodd or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys.