- A legal determination by a court about who takes physical and/or legal control and responsibility for a child under the age of 18. This decision may become necessary in cases such as divorce, parent unfitness, or absence, among other scenarios. The custodial party has the child's living arrangements (physical custody) and/or the authority for major decisions about the child's welfare (legal custody). Custody can be joint or solely awarded, depending on the child's best interests
- The court awarded child custody to Jane’s grandmother since both of her parents were unfit.
- During the divorce proceedings, they argued over child custody of their two children.
- In their divorce agreement, they settled on joint child custody, alternating physical custody every week.