Couples that decide to get divorced and have children together typically have to address child custody. That being said, it is often difficult for a parent to come to terms with the fact that they will likely be spending significantly less time with their child after the divorce is finalized. There are a couple of different options when it comes to determining physical custody. If the parents cannot come to this decision on their own, which happens frequently because it is so deeply emotional, the court may have to decide for them.
The court will take a number of different factors into consideration when making a decision on physical custody. If the parents are both capable of caring for the child and considering their best interests, the court will award joint physical custody. Still, one parent will usually have more custody than the other and will be considered the custodial parent.
In other situations, the court may have to award sole custody to one parent because the other parent may post a danger to the child. If the court believes it is in the child’s best interest to only be cared for by one of the parents, they may decide on sole custody.
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