Every case involving children requires a determination of custody, and getting into court first can make all the difference in the final outcome. There are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody concerns making decisions about a child such as: school, religion, and important medical decisions. In the majority of cases parties are awarded joint legal custody and need to work together to make these decisions. Physical custody describes where the child resides. The Court retains jurisdiction over custody of a minor child until the child attains the age of 18 years old. The determination of custody can often be the most stressful part of a case regarding children. Having an attorney that is experienced can make all the difference. Our office has over 20 years experience helping families protect the best interest of the minor children in their lives.