There are many kinds of child custody for a number of different situations. To start with, parents must decide if they want physical or legal custody. You can have both. Physical custody refers to who has a child in his or her home, whereas legal custody describes the right to make legal decisions for the child.
If you are granted physical custody, your child will live with you. You can share physical custody with joint custody, which is when your child spends time living with both parents. This can work well if both parents can communicate to one another, but it can also be stressful if they do not get along well. If parents live close together, it's also easier to share joint physical custody.
Legal custody is different because it allows you to make decisions on your child's behalf. In some cases, only one parent has legal custody while the other does not get to make decisions about the child's welfare. It's normal for both parents to have the right to make decisions for their child so long as they can come to an agreement. If it's found that the parents won't be able to agree, then the court may determine that other arrangements are in the child's best interests.
With these and other kinds of custody arrangements possible, it's a good idea to work with your spouse to come up with a fair agreement that works in your child's best interests. Your attorneys can help you work out a plan that benefits everyone, so there is as little stress after the divorce as possible. Our website has more information.