Pennsylvania parents who are going through a divorce may wonder whether or not they need to get a custody order. Some parents prefer to avoid getting the courts involved and simply make an informal agreement with the other parent.
In Pennsylvania, custody encompasses two different forms. Legal custody refers to the ability of a parent to make major decisions for the child and may be either solely held by one parent or shared by both. Physical custody refers to with which parent the child will live most of the time. Like legal custody, physical custody can take different forms.