Child Custody: Types, Laws & Parental Rights

Families today look very different than in the past. Pew Research revealed just 46% of children 18 and younger live with two married heterosexual parents who have never been divorced. By contrast, 34% live with an unmarried parent while 15% live with two parents who are in remarriages.
When a child’s legal parents split up, decisions must be made about child custody. And that process can be more complicated than you would think.
This guide to child custody explains what custody means, how different child custody arrangements work and how custody is decided when parents split up.