The care of children following the end of a relationship deals with both physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody involves the permanent residence of children and their daily care and activities. Visitation defines when the non-custodial parent will see the children. Legal custody involves who will make the major decisions associated with the child’s upbringing. Many courts believe it is generally in the best interests of the children for joint parental child rearing responsibilities when possible. That is why there are options involving visitation rights and legal custody that must be decided, either by the parents or a Judge, to make sure the children have as much contact with each parent as possible.
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