Custody


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CUSTODY

There are two types of custody in Pennsylvania, physical custody and legal custody. In the usual situation, custody is shared between parents, generally with one parent being the primary physical custodian (this means the child lives with that parent the majority of time) and the other being the partial physical custodian (this parent visits with the child, usually pursuant to a schedule). However, such a sharing is not required. Some parents share physical custody of their children equally, and this is called “shared” custody. Legal custody concerns which parent makes the major, important decisions regarding the child. This is shared equally in the vast majority of cases. A custody order is a court order which establishes the type of custodial arrangement the parents will follow. The order generally provides for a custody schedule to be followed. This schedule covers weekly visits, vacation and holiday time, and transportation issues, to name a few.