In Iowa, we have two types of custody, legal custody and physical care. Legal custody means that you have the right to make major decisions in your child’s life such as decisions related to religious education, academic education, medical care and extracurricular activities. In Iowa, legal custody is almost always joint legal custody. This means that each parent has the right to have a say about those major decisions in a child’s life.
Physical custody relates to a child’s living situation on a day-to-day basis. There are several factors that go into making a determination about the physical custody of a child including the child’s age, emotional, social, and educational needs. Learn more about how child custody decisions are made by watching this video.