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custody simply means that the child or children will live primarily with that parent. The non-custodial parent
is typically awarded visitation
, which may be unsupervised or supervised.
This is not to be confused with legal
custody, which is the right and responsibility to make decisions for the minor child/children -decisions about education, health, and religion, for example. The smaller "day to day" decisions (e.g., can the child go to the movies with their friend) will be made by the parent who is physically caring for the child at the time.
It is possible for a court to award sole physical custody to one parent, but joint legal custody to both. Alternatively, a parent could have both sole physical and legal custody., or parents could share both joint legal and physical custody.
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