There's no use denying that a divorce or separation can very often be an intense ordeal. There are many contentious issues that can crop up, and the issue of child custody is commonly the most contentious. People have strong feelings about the place and manner of the upbringing of their children. Both divorcing and separating couples may find themselves in a child custody dispute.
Springfield parents should be aware that the term "child custody" can refer to two distinct legal concepts, both of which must be addressed when child custody is an issue. The first concept is called physical custody. When a parent is granted physical custody of a child, it means that that parent has the right to have the child live with them for a specified period of time. In some cases, the parents will be awarded joint physical custody, especially when the parents live near each other. In other cases, one of the parents will be awarded sole physical custody, and the other will be awarded visitation rights.