In the UK, there are four main types of child custody, which are:
1. Physical custody. This form of child custody sets out which parent your children live with on a daily basis. Physical custody can be broken into ‘sole physical custody’ and ‘joint physical custody’. Sole physical custody is where your children live primarily with one parent. In comparison, joint physical custody is where your children spend significant amounts of time living with both parents.
2. Legal custody. Legal custody is different from physical custody as it dictates which parent decides how your children are raised. An example of a legal custody responsibility is which school the children attend. However, like physical custody, this can either be one parent who has legal custody or both parents who share legal custody.
3. Full custody. This form of child custody is where one parent receives both physical and legal custody of their children.
4. Joint custody. This final form of child custody can be separated into three forms, which are:
- Physical joint custody. When children spend significant amounts of time living with both parents.
- Legal joint custody. Where both parents make decisions over their children’s upbringing.
- Joint physical and legal custody. When your children spend significant amounts of time living with both parents and both parents decide over the children’s upbringing.