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Legal Child Custody


When it comes to divorce, parents with legal child custody are obligated to and responsible for making fundamental decisions about the child’s health and welfare. Parents with sole child custody make decisions about the child’s education, religion and medical care alone, while parents who share joint legal custody are required to talk to each other before making decisions.

In many states, there's a presumption that favors awarding parents joint child custody, unless the divorce court determines that joint child custody would not be in the best interest of the child. Child custody terms are typically stated in the child custody court order. If a parent interferes with the other parent’s rights, he or she may be held in contempt of court.

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The above synopsis of child custody is by no means all-inclusive and is not intended to provide legal advice. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on divorce laws, please contact a local divorce lawyer in your area.