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When you hear someone refer to custody, they are talking about the amount of time one parent has with the minor children. But custody also refers to the legal relationship a parent has with their children and it can affect the decisions that parent is allowed to make regarding their children.


There are two types of custody, joint and sole.


Joint custody is where the parties are able to work together in the best interests of the children. Joint custody requires parents to communicate, cooperate and make decisions together on all significant matters concerning minor children, such as education, health care, and religious training.


Sole custody is often times awarded when one parent is unable to act in the best interests of the children or where the parents are unable to cooperate regarding the best interests of the children. Sole custody allows for one parent to make all those decisions independent of the other parent.


Generally speaking, visitation is the amount of time a parent will have with the minor children. It is possible for only one party to have “visitation”, but in general, think of custody as being the legal relationship between the parents and the children and visitation as the amount of time a parent has with the children.

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