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Carly D. Brown, Esq.
Family law mediation services for residents of Buffalo Northtowns and Surrounding Areas

CUSTODY BASICS

8/21/2018

Do you know the difference between legal and physical custody? Legal custody refers to who has decision-making rights and obligations for the child or children. Joint custody means that both parents are involved in making major child-related decisions together, no matter who the child or children live with. Sole custody means that one parent has the right to make major decisions for the child or children.

Physical custody, also referred to as residential custody, refers to which parent the child or children live with the majority of the time and who is responsible for the care and supervision of the child or children during said time. The non-residential parent (i.e. the parent who does not​ have the child or children living with him or her the majority of the time) is entitled to visitation.

In mediation, we discuss all aspects of child custody and visitation and create an agreement that reflects your family's specific situation and arrangement.

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