Divorcing couples with children, and unmarried couples who have a child together, are more than likely familiar with the term child custody which is frequently used by court personnel, lawyers and judges alike in the family law court system. However, what many parents may not know is that the umbrella term child custody encompasses several different types of custody arrangement which one or both parents may be granted.
Conventional wisdom holds that a child will benefit from having a variety of rich relationships -- on both sides of a family tree. For that reason, many courts in Michigan and across the country express a preference for joint child custody arrangements.
If you are facing a divorce or dissolution proceeding for the first time, you may be unfamiliar with the different child custody options available to you: legal vs. physical custody, held jointly or solely.