What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody? The vast majority of coparents are going to share what we call joint legal custody. What that means is that both parents have access to school records, to medical records, and are able to talk to those providers. They’re also able to make day-to-day decisions for the children when they’re in their care. Joint legal custodians are supposed to talk to each other about all major life decisions before making those decisions for the children. Physical custody is where are the children going to reside primarily? Are they gonna be with one person on for the weekdays and another on the weekends, or is there going to be a true 50/50 custodial split? Each family is very different. Contact the Atlanta Divorce Law Group so that we can help you determine what’s best for your physical and legal custody of the children.