One parent can be awarded either sole legal custody or sole physical custody during the divorce process.
Sole Legal Custody:
When a parent has sole legal custody they have the right to make all legal decision regarding the child’s upbringing without in-put from the other parent.
Very rarely do courts grant sole legal custody, leaving the other parent with no legal say so over their child’s upbringing.
Sole Physical Custody:
If a parent is awarded sole physical custody the child lives with that parent with no visitation rights to the other parent.
Courts will award a parent sole physical custody if the other parent is deemed unfit due to alcohol abuse, proof of child abuse or domestic abuse, drug abuse or a new partner or spouse who has been deemed unfit.