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Legal Information: District of Columbia

Custody

Updated: 
October 29, 2020

Who can get custody and visitation?

Generally, at least one of the child’s parents is entitled to custody, unless there is strong evidence that both parents are unfit or unless it is not in the child’s best interest.1

If it would not be in the child’s best interest for either parent to have custody, the judge can give custody to another person depending on what she/he believes is in the best interest of the child.2

1 D.C. Code § 16-914(a)(2),(3)
2 D.C. Code § 16-831.03(c)(2)