Sole custody arrangements have been generally considered a traditional form of custody for many in the past; however, there has been a trend since the 1980s towards the notion that joint custody arrangements are more favorable than sole custody arrangements. Sole custody consists of an arrangement whereby only one parent has physical and legal custody of a child.
Other forms of custody
- Alternating custody is an arrangement whereby the child/children live for an extended period of time with one parent, and then for a similar amount of time with the other parent. While the child/children are with the parent, that parent retains sole authority over the child/children.
- Bird's nest custody is an arrangement whereby the parents go back and forth from a residence in which the child/children reside, placing the burden of upheaval and movement on the parents rather than the child/children.
- Joint custody is an arrangement whereby both parents have legal custody and/or both parents have physical custody.
- Split custody is an arrangement whereby one parent has full-time custody over some children, and the other parent has full custody over the other children.
- Third-party custody is an arrangement in whereby the children do not remain with either biological parent, and are placed under the custody of a third person.
- Family law
- Family court
- Legal custody
- Parens patriae
- Parenting plan
- Physical custody
- Shared parenting
- Ward of the state
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