custody proceedings are equally traumatic to that of a divorce.
These proceedings are either part of the divorce or may stand alone
in non-divorce settings. There are two forms of child custody. Physical
custody refers to the parent that has the actual physical custody
of the child. Legal custody refers to the parent that has decision-making
authority on important decisions affecting the child's welfare.
Both forms of custody may be sole or joint. The determination of
who is the proper parent for custody involve the analysis of several
factors set out by statute.
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