Depends on the state. Here in Washington, there really is no such thing. We have a 10+ page document called a parenting plan. In it, there is physical custody & legal custody. I have physical custody of my children which means they reside with me the majority of the time & their father has visitation. We have joint legal custody which means we each have the right to make medical decisions for the children when they are in our care (so if my DS breaks his arm, I can take him to the ER without having to call his Dad) & we make joint decisions as far as schooling, religion, and non-emergency medical (teeth cleanings, checkups, that sort of thing). Check your state laws.
at 10:08 PM on May. 25, 2009