What is Joint Legal Custody?

The legal right to make decisions for their children

Joint Legal Custody

The legal right to make decisions for their children

Legal custody refers to the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. A parent with legal custody can make decisions about issues such as schooling, religion, and medical care.

Joint Legal Custody in Indianapolis Indiana

Most parents in Indiana share joint legal custody of their children. When both parents have joint legal custody, both parents have the legal right to make decisions for their children. This includes the right to make religious decisions, education decisions, and to give legal consent. Joint legal custody differs from joint physical custody. Joint physical custody means that the children live with each parent 50% of the time.

Even though the majority of parents share joint legal custody of their children, there are some situations where joint legal custody is not recommended. Joint legal custody is not typically recommended where one parent has been abusive or neglectful of the spouse or children. In such situations, most would agree that it is better for one parent to have sole legal custody of the children.

Let us Help You Make the Right Decision

If you are considering divorce, you will be faced with deciding whether one or both parents will have legal custody of the children. If you are facing such a decision, we can help you make the right decision for you and your family. If you have questions, please call, we can help.


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