As many Colorado residents can attest to, life after divorce is drastically different from that before it. For divorcing couples with children, it can be even more altered, as parents go from seeing their children daily to seeing them based on a pre-determined schedule. While it may take time to adjust to this new reality, it is important to know that child custody can take different forms depending on the agreement the parents make, based on their individual circumstances. Familiarizing oneself with the terms commonly used during custody proceedings can be very helpful.
The most commonly understood form of custody is physical custody. This means the parent who has been granted physical custody has the child live with them. Sole physical custody refers to an award where the child lives primarily with one parent and the other parent is given visitation rights. Joint physical custody can also be awarded where the parents live relatively close to one another. This means the child spends significant portions of his or her time with both parents.