Parenting After Divorce

One of the most important issues facing divorcing parents is the matter of child custody, of which there are two kinds. Legal custody is the right to make major decisions about the children's welfare; physical custody refers to where the children will live on a regular basis. Beyond that, legal and physical custody are each divided into two more categories: sole and joint. Sole assigns the right to one parent exclusively while joint shares the right between parents. While there is no consensus regarding which custody arrangement is best, many would say that by sharing child care responsibilities as evenly as possible, joint custody reduces stresses that may harm children. Children should not be penalized by the divorce of their parents.