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March 29, 2017

What is custody (known as parental rights and responsibilities - "PR&R")?

Vermont family courts call custody “parental rights and responsibilities” (PR&R).  This term means the same thing as custody, just with a different name.  Some judges may still use the term “custody.”

“Custody” and “parental rights and responsibilities” both refer to the care and control of a child under 18.  An order addressing parental rights and responsibilities will address:

  • Who gets to make important decisions about the child’s life and how your child is raised; and
  • Who will physically take care of the child.

Parents can make an agreement about PR&R and ask the court to turn that agreement into a court order.  If the parents cannot agree, a judge can make a decision about PR&R as a part of a contested hearing.