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 childrenâ€™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.
at 9:54 PM on Nov. 4, 2008