There are two types of child custody in New York.
The first is Legal Custody, where the parent makes life decisions for the child, like where to go to school, what faith to be raised in, if any, and decisions related to major medical decisions like surgery or to be prescribed long term medication.
The second is Physical Custody, in which the parent provides the day-to-day household where the child lives, provides for the child’s educational and social stability, and acts as the primary caregiver to the child.
In many instances, one parent holds both of these roles.
For other former spouses, sharing the responsibilities in a more even manner is appropriate.
Your family, your divorce, and your custody arrangements are unique and require consideration and possibly consultation with your spouse or former spouse to find the right balance that fits your needs.
Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-523-1111 for experienced help with child custody agreements.