glossary

custody

The new term for custody is decision-making responsibility for most family law cases. If you have a child protection case, the term custody may still be used.

Decision-making responsibility or custody is the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. It includes the right to make decisions about the child's health, education, religion, and important extra-curricular activities.

The parents can agree to or the court can give:

  • one parent all decision-making responsibility,
  • 2 or more parents decision-making responsibility, or
  • different parents separate responsibilities, for example, one parent makes decisions about the child's health and another parent makes decisions about the child's religion.
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