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Divorce: Issues Relating to Child Custody


What is Child Custody?
It is a legal concept that refers to the entire authority which an adult can possess over a child. There are two key aspects: the daily care and control of the child (which means living with the child) and the authority to make major decisions for the child.


Sole Custody v Joint Custody
Courts can either make a sole or joint custody order.

Joint custody gives both parents the authority to make major decisions relating to their child. However, there will be another order for “care and control” of the child, meaning that one parent will be allowed to stay with the child. The usual case is that courts will grant only one parent the daily care and control of the child, while the other parent will be granted reasonable access to the child.


The parent living with the child is expected to partner with the other parent in making major decisions for the child. If the relationship between the parents is so discordant that co-operation is unlikely, the court will not make a joint custody order but rather, a sole custody order.


Sole custody means giving one parent all the authority to make major decisions for the child. Nonetheless, joint custody is usually preferred by the courts.

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