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What is Legal Custody?

In the context of a divorce or family law case involving minor children, legal custody is the right for the parents to make major decisions regarding their child(ren).

With joint legal custody, both parents will have equal rights and responsibilities to make major decisions concerning their child(ren).

The four (4) major legal custody areas:

  • Medical


  • Educational


  • Extracurricular


  • Religious Decisions


The parents can split these final decision-making rights. For example, the Father may have the tie breaker for Educational and Religious and the Mother may have tie breaker for Medical and Extracurricular Decisions.