Physical Custody Law and Legal Definition

In Family law physical custody is the right of a parent to have his/her child live with him/her. That person has the responsibility to provide a primary home for the child, including basic necessities like shelter, food, clothing, and proper care and supervision.Some states recognize the concept of joint physical custody where the child spends approximately half the time in each parent's home. Physical custody is also called residential custody.

Possession of a child during visitation is also referred to as physical custody.

Physical Custody also means the custody of a person (such as an arrestee) whose freedom is directly controlled and limited.