One type is called “legal custody.” If there is sole legal custody it means that one parent has the right and responsibility to make major decisions regarding the child’s wellbeing. This includes education, medical care, and religious decisions. In many divorce cases, there is something called “shared legal custody.” This is where both parents make these major decisions regarding the child’s well-being. There is also “physical custody.” When there is sole physical custody, the child primarily resides with one parent. There is generally a parenting/visitation plan for the other parent. There can be times where the court determines it is not in the child’s best interest to visit; or that the visits be supervised. There can also be “shared physical custody”, which is starting to occur more now than in the past. This is where the child has frequent and is in continued contact with both parents. Generally, they have somewhat equal parenting time.