What options are there for legal custody?

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Q) What options are there for legal custody?

A) If the Court grants you sole legal custody, then you are the only parent who is able to make major decisions for your child. The courts are hesitant to grant sole custody and usually only do so in extreme circumstances (i.e. one parent is incarcerated or has a drug addiction etc.) If the Court grants you joint legal custody of your child, it means that you share the right to make major decisions about your child with the other parent. This is true even though only one parent has physical custody (your child lives with only one parent). With joint legal custody, both parents have a say in major issues like where your child goes to school, whether he/she will have surgery and what kind of religious training he/she receives.

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