There are two types of custody in Pennsylvania: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody is shared in most cases. This means the parties will consult with each other regarding major decisions for the child in areas such as health, religion and education. The parent in possession of the child makes day-to-day decisions.
Primary physical custody means the child lives with one parent the majority of the time. The other parent will have partial physical custody.
Shared or joint physical custody is when both parents share physical custody of their children equally.
A custody order is a court order establishing the type of custodial arrangement the parents will follow. The schedule covers weekly visits, vacation and holiday time, as well as transportation issues.
Pennsylvania courts determine custody based upon what is in the best interests of the children.