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January 11, 2024

What is sole custody?

Sole custody means that you don’t share custody with anyone else. When each parent wants sole custody, one of the factors the judge will consider is which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the non-custodial parent.1

Sole legal custody is when only one of the parents has the right and responsibility to make major decisions concerning the child relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child.2 You do not have to discuss your decisions with the other parent.

Sole physical custody is when only one parent is responsible for the physical care and supervision of the child.3 The non-custodial parent usually will have visitation privileges.

1 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 3040(a)(1)
2 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 3006
3 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 3007