“A Custody Order gives responsibility for the child’s care and how the child is brought up to one or both of the child’s parents or to someone else. There are two parts of custody: (1) legal custody and (2) physical custody.
A New York court can make orders about the child’s custody only until the child is 18 years old. The Court gives custody based on what is best for the child, this is called the “best interest of the child.”
If there is no court order, then both parents have equal rights to physical and legal custody of the child.”
For more information, please visit NYCourts.Gov: Custody.