There are two types of legal custody that a court may award to the divorcing parents of a child. These are sole and joint legal custody, and before the court issues an order, each parent could make a case for the type of custody that they prefer. With sole legal custody, only one of the parents has the right to make vital decisions regarding the child. This leaves the other parent with no legal rights to make child-related decisions. These decisions include the religious values that the child is taught, the school that the child attends and the type of health care that the child receives when it is needed. The child also lives with whoever is awarded sole legal custody.
New York parents who are considering a divorce are likely concerned about how to keep the individual needs of the children as the primary focus. It can be complicated to divorce when there are children involved, but considering the individual needs of a child can be common ground for both parents. It is beneficial for the children when parents can work together to fully understand what is truly best for all parties before reaching a permanent child custody arrangement.