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Custody

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Laws current as of August 9, 2023

What is custody?

Alaska judges have understood custody to include the following two parts:

  1. Legal custody, which means the right and responsibility to make major decisions about your child’s upbringing. These decisions include choices about education, health care, morals, and religion.1
  2. Physical custody, which means the right and responsibility for physical care and immediate supervision of your child.2

1 Elton H. v. Naomi R., 119 P.3d 969, 975 (2005)
2 Co v. Matson, 313 P.3d 521, 524 (2013)