At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, we know how important it is to you that a custody arrangement is quickly reached when you and your spouse are separating or dissolving your marriage. We also know that reaching a custody arrangement may be no easy feat; unless you and your spouse are in agreement regarding with whom the child should live and who should have legal decision making power over a child, reaching a custody decision can be very difficult. Our experienced Schenectady County child custody lawyers can guide you throughout the family law process and help you to understand all options.
Types of Child Custody in New York
In New York, there are two parts of a child custody arrangement: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to decision-making powers regarding important elements of the child’s life, such as the religion the child will be raised or where the child will go to school. Physical custody, on the other hand, refers to with which parent the child will spend the majority of their time, and who is responsible for the child’s physical supervision and care.
Custody may also be sole or joint. If physical custody is sole, for example, this means that the child lives with one parent more than half of the time, but may still have visitation with the other parent. If physical custody is joint, the child will live with each parent 50 percent of the time.