What is legal custody?
Legal custody means you have legal responsibility for your child. It means you have the right to make major decisions about your child regarding his/her health, education, religious upbringing, and more.1
There are two types of legal custody:
- sole legal custody; or
- joint legal custody.
If you have sole legal custody, you alone have the right to make all major decisions affecting your child’s life.
If you have joint legal custody, you and the other parent must consult with each other to make major decisions about your child.1 To learn when a judge will give joint legal custody, see When will a judge give joint legal custody?
1 Rivero v. Rivero, 216 P.3d 213 (2009)