Legal Custody

Legal custody gives a parent the right to decision making in a child’s major life issues, such as medical care, education, and religion. Legal custody can be sole or joint.

Joint Custody- Both parents share the right and responsibility to make the important decisions about the health, education, and welfare of the children.

Sole Custody- Usually only one parent has the right and responsibility to make all decisions.

This includes:

  • School or child care.

  • Religious activities or institutions.

  • Mental health counseling.

  • Sports and extracurricular activities.

  • Residence.

Physical Custody

Parenting time with each parent.

Joint Custody – The children live with both parents.

Sole or Primary Custody – The children live with one parent a majority of the time.

Parenting Time/Visitation Orders

Parenting Schedule- The parents and children can have a detailed or generalized plan, as the parties agree or the court orders.

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