There are two separate types of custody: legal and residential. Legal custody determines which parent is going to make the major decisions regarding the children’s health, safety, welfare, and education. In general, it is best for parents to share legal custody so that there is a joint legal custody relationship, because it is in the best interest of the children to see their parents working together on matters related to their health, safety, welfare, and education.
Residential custody has to do with where the children are going to spend the majority of their time. Residential custody can be held by one parent with sole custody or the parents can have shared custody where the children spend equal time with their mom and dad.