legal custody


legal custody
The right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing, including schooling and medical care. Many states typically have both parents share legal custody of a child. Compare: physical custody
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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  • legal custody — Custody in accordance with law, for example, the custody of a child by a person appointed guardian of his person. The restraint of a person or of property pursuant to writ or process or otherwise in accordance with law …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • hold in legal custody — index impound Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • custody — cus·to·dy n [Latin custodia, from custod custos guardian]: care or control exercised by a person or authority over something or someone: as a: supervision and control over property that usu. includes liability for damage that may occur b: care… …   Law dictionary

  • custody of a child — The legal authority to make decisions affecting a child s interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When parents separate or divorce, they may share legal and physical custody, or one parent… …   Law dictionary

  • Custody — may refer to: Legal custody Child custody, a description of the legal relationship between a parent (or guardian) and child Police custody or detention, a lawful holding of a person by removing their freedom of liberty Custody (film), a 2007… …   Wikipedia

  • custody — The care and control of a thing or person. The keeping, guarding, care, watch, inspection, preservation or security of a thing, carrying with it the idea of the thing being within the immediate personal care and control of the person to whose… …   Black's law dictionary

  • legal — 1. Conforming to the law; according to law; required or permitted by law; not forbidden or discountenanced by law; good and effectual in law; of or pertaining to the law; lawful. Freeman v. Fowler Packing Co., 135 Kan. 378, 11 P.2d 276, 277. See… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Custody transfer — in the oil and gas industry refers to the transactions involving transporting physical substance from one operator to another. This includes the transferring of raw and refined petroleum between tanks and tankers; tankers and ships and other… …   Wikipedia

  • legal separation — n: a separation of spouses which does not involve a dissolution of the marriage but in which certain arrangements (as for maintenance and custody) are ordered by the court – called also divorce a mensa et thoro, judicial separation, separation… …   Law dictionary


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