Sole custody is an arrangement in which one parent has primary physical and legal custody of a child. The other parent may have visitation rights but does not have the same level of responsibility when it comes to decision-making for the child.

There are two types of sole custody:

  • Physical sole custody: The child lives with only one parent most of the time. The other parent may have visitation rights.
  • Legal sole custody: Only one parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing. The other parent may be consulted on these decisions, but ultimately it is up to the custodial parent to make the final call.

It’s important to note that even if one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent may still have joint legal custody. This means that both parents are involved in making decisions about the child’s welfare.
Sole custody is not always permanent. If circumstances change, such as the custodial parent getting a job that requires them to travel frequently, the changing needs of the child, among other circumstances, the non-custodial parent may petition for a change in the custody arrangement.

What is Joint Custody?

Joint custody is an arrangement in which both parents have physical and legal custody of a child. This means that the child lives with both parents and shares decision-making responsibilities for their welfare.
There are two types of joint custody:

  • Joint physical custody: The child lives with each parent equally or almost equally.
  • Joint legal custody: Both parents share the right to make decisions about the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing.

As with sole custody, joint custody is not always permanent. If circumstances change, one or both parents may petition for a change in the custody arrangement.

Can a Child Custody Lawyer Help With Visitation Schedules?

If you are involved in a child custody dispute, it’s important to have an attorney who can help you negotiate a visitation schedule that works for everyone. A lawyer can also represent you in court if the other parent does not comply with the agreed-upon schedule.

If you are a non-custodial parent and need help enforcing your visitation rights, contact our law firm today for a consultation. We will work to protect your rights and make sure your children get the time they need with both parents.

Why Should I Hire a Child Custody Lawyer?

If you are going through a divorce or are otherwise involved in a child custody dispute, it’s important to have a professional lawyer on your side. A child custody attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your privileges are protected. We have comprehensive experience handling child custody cases. We will work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that your children get the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a consultation at 615-970-6448.