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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER8

Physical Custody

Physical custody means having care and control of children on a daily basis. It involves all the daily short-term decisions, like homework, meals, and bedtimes, rather than the long-term decisions involved in legal custody. Physical custody is residential custody. It refers to where the child lives most of the time.

Three Types of Physical Custody

Physical custody may be shared, sole, or split.

Shared Physical Custody

Shared physical custody means that both parents spend substantial time with the children. Both parents start out having this right. Even if the parents have separated and the children are living with one of them, under the law both parents have shared physical custody until and unless one of them obtains ...

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