legal custody

Definition of "legal custody"
  1. The authority and responsibility to make important life decisions, such as those about education and health, for a child, often shared by both parents in many states
How to use "legal custody" in a sentence
  1. The judge granted Sarah legal custody of her daughter, empowering her to make crucial decisions for the child's welfare.
  2. Under the new agreement, both parents share legal custody of their son, thus contributing to his upbringing.
  3. Because of his unstable condition, the court denied him legal custody of his children.

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