Types of Child Custody
- Legal Custody
This type of custody allows one or both parents to have input into how the child is raised, including major decisions such as where they will go to school and where they will be raised.
- Physical Custody
This type of custody concerns the child’s residence and parenting schedule (visitation times and locations)
- Joint Custody
This term describes custody agreements in which both parents share custody, although not always equally.
- Sole Custody
This means that only one parent has been designated the primary parent with physical custody, legal custody or both. Even if one parent is granted sole custody, the court might also agree to a visitation agreement for the other parent.
The Massachusetts courts recognize that children should enjoy parenting time with both of their parents as much as possible, provided that this is consistent with the children’s best interests.