Legal Information: Massachusetts

Custody

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Updated: 
November 28, 2016

What is custody?

Custody is the legal responsibility for the care and control of your child (under 18 generally). The court may give custody of your child to one or both parents. There are 2 types of custody: legal and physical.

  • Legal custody is the right to make major decisions about your child’s well-being, including matters of education, medical care and religious development.
  • Physical custody decides who the child will live with on a day-to-day basis.*

* M.G.L.A. 208 § 31; M.G.L.A. 209C § 10