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Legal Information: Massachusetts
Updated: November 12, 2020
What options are there for legal custody?
A judge may award one parent sole legal custody or both parents shared legal custody.
- Sole legal custody means one parent will have the right to make major decisions about the child’s well-being, including matters of education, medical care and religious development.
- Shared legal custody means that both parents have the right to take part in major decisions about the child’s well-being.1
1 M.G.L. 208 § 31
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