Legal Information: Wyoming


December 23, 2016

What is custody? What types of custody are there?

Custody is the legal responsibility for the care and control of your child (under 18).  Legal custody is the right to make major decisions about your child, including decisions regarding education, medical care, and religion.  Physical custody refers to the physical care and supervision of your child.*  

A custody order can include any combination of joint, shared or sole custody depending on what the judge believes is in the child’s best interests.**  As part of a custody order, the judge can order visitation as well.  When crafting a visitation order, the judge is supposed to include enough detail to make sure that both parents understand the order and can follow it.  The order should also clarify which parent will have to pay the costs of transporting the child to and from the visits.***

* W.S. § 20-5-202(a)(xiv)
** W.S. § 20-5-201(d)
*** W.S. § 20-2-202(a)(i)(ii)