What does custody mean?

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What does custody mean?

Custody is used to refer to a parent's right to have a child live with that parent and to make decisions concerning the child. Physical Custody is the right of a parent to have a child live with him or her on a primary basis.

Legal Custody is the right to make decisions about the child, such as education, religion, and medical care. Courts will award legal and physical custody of a child to either one parent or both.

Sole Custody is when one parent is the sole decision maker.

Joint Custody (joint decision making) allows both parents to share in making decisions. Arrangements where parents share time with the children "equally" is unusual.

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