Child custody is actually more complex than simply determining where a child will live after a divorce. Missouri parents can be awarded different types of custody, and it is important to understand the differences when navigating divorce negotiations. A parent can be awarded sole physical or legal custody, joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or a third party could be granted child custody.
If a parent is awarded sole physical custody, this implies that the child will live solely with that parent. Sole legal custody implies that only one parent has the legal authority to made decisions for the child pertaining to medical needs, education and important issues. Parents have the right to petition for sole physical and/or legal custody of their children.