Custody refers to the day-to-day care, residency and upbringing of children who are regarded as dependent children.
Dependent children in custody matters are children who are under the age of 18. In cases of judicial separation or divorce, one parent is usually granted custody.
The children reside permanently with the parent who has custody and the other parent is granted access to the children at agreed times, which can include overnight access.
It is possible for parents to continue to have joint custody of their children after separation or divorce and for the children to spend an equal amount of time with each parent if the parents can agree and arrange this.