Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody
Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions on behalf of your child, whereas physical custody refers to where the child lives.
Technically, a parent can have legal custody without having physical custody.
Consider all of the child custody options available to you, including shared parenting and bird’s nest custody, before deciding on what type of custody you want to pursue.
In Florida, Physical Custody refers to time sharing.
How Is Custody Determined?
A lot of factors go into a court’s decision about which parent should be awarded child custody.
Generally, those factors include the parents’ wishes and ability to provide for the child, in addition to the current child custody arrangement and the child’s existing relationship with each parent.
However, the court will only determine whatever is in the best interest of the child.