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what does "sole physical and legal custody" actually mean?

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Asked by lorac0124 at 9:53 PM on Nov. 4, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • Legal custody refers to parental authority or decision making.
    In cases of sole legal custody, one parent has the right to make
    major decisions about the children’s lives, especially
    schooling, elective medical care, and religious training.
    When joint legal custody is in effect, both parents share these
    major decisions, while each parent makes day-to-day decisions
    autonomously when the children are with her or him. In
    some cases, the court will assign more specific decision
    making over day-to-day matters to one or both parents.

    Answer by flutterfae at 9:54 PM on Nov. 4, 2008

  • Physical custody refers to the time children actually spend
    with their parents. In cases of primary physical custody, the
    children spend the majority of their time with one parent and
    generally ‘‘visit’’ (a term many find pejorative) with the
    ‘‘nonresidential parent’’ on some agreed-to schedule (e.g.,
    one evening during the week and every other weekend). In
    cases of joint physical custody, children spend close to equal
    amounts of time with both parents. Although there is no
    uniform definition of joint physical custody, many consider
    it to be a minimum of an average of two overnights per week
    (Maccoby & Mnookin, 1992). This definition is consistent
    with child-support laws in 28 states that lower support obligations
    for joint physical custody arrangements and often
    define joint physical custody at about 100 overnights per year
    (Elrod & Spec

    Answer by flutterfae at 9:55 PM on Nov. 4, 2008

  • so that would mean that that parent has the kids living with them 100% of the time and has 100% of the decision making power

    Answer by flutterfae at 9:55 PM on Nov. 4, 2008

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