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, and religion. Custody is not about who the child lives with or how much time a child spends with each parent.

There are different types of custody. Sole custody means only one person has the right to make these decisions. Joint custody means two or more people have the right to make these decisions.

Other people can also apply to the court for custody, for example, grandparents.


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