When most prospective Cordell & Cordell clients come in for a consultation, they know what kind of physical custody they are looking to enjoy with their children. Many though do not realize that physical custody is not the only form of custody and that legal custody is also very important.
The significance of legal custody is that the non-custodial parent — which is the father 83% of the time — cannot be cut out of the decision-making process regarding any major issues involving the children.
In the absence of primary physical custody, joint legal custody becomes an important mechanism to prevent Mom from reducing Dad to a child support provider and occasional weekend babysitter.
Read Mr. Cordell’s full Huffington Post article, “The Multiple Meanings Of Custody.”