Legal custody is one facet of custody and refers to the legal position that two parents have to manage the lives and welfare of their children. Joint legal custody means that both parents equally share the right to make decisions that involve the welfare of the children. These decisions should be made with cooperation but the law understands that either parent has the power to make decisions independently . The cooperation is more difficult to accomplish when the parents do not reside together, but this cooperation is still expected to be accomplished by all parties for the benefit of the children.
Sole legal custody is in place when only one parent is allowed to make the welfare decisions for the child or children. The sole custody parent makes all school decisions, health decisions and other, matters. Sole legal custody is seldom ordered and usually follows some issue where the child or children’s welfare can be a risk. Read more at custody at Child Custody and Visitation.
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