In judgments of divorce involving custody matters, custody is generally awarded to the parties in two separate ways: legal custody and physical custody. For example, the custody order may say that both parties share joint legal custody of a child, while one party retains sole physical custody. So, what exactly does this mean?
Anyone who has considered divorce or even read about divorce is likely aware of studies about the effects of divorce on children. Psychological concerns are prevalent in these studies. But a recent study focuses more on the physiological effects, specifically weight issues among children of divorce.
Parents can face criminal charges if they violate child custody orders. Recently, a father has been charged with custodial interference for taking physical custody of his child and failing to return the child to the mother after a scheduled visit. He could face a prison sentence of up to five years if found guilty of the criminal charges.