Modern Child Custody Legal Terminology

New clients often come in spewing legal terms that are thoroughly out of favor with modern courts.

A handy little article concisely explains modern child custody terms and concepts in a way that is not specific to any particular state.

The terms explained are listed below, with a Florida-specific twist:

  • Legal Custody or Decisionmaking Authority
  • Sole Custody or Decisionmaking Authority
  • Physical Custody or Residential Custody
  • Joint Custody
  • Joint Legal Custody or Shared Parenting Responsibility
  • Joint Physical Custody or Rotating Custody or Equal Timesharing

Read more in this Mississippi Clarion Ledger article: A look at different custody arrangements.

This article is recommended reading for anyone involved in a child custody case.