The care and control of a child by his or her parent or another party, awarded by a court.
The awarding ofÂ responsibility for the care, control and maintenance of a child, byÂ the court, to one of the parents, or to both of the parents, as in joint custody.
Both parents must decide on custody of minor children under the age of 18. Physical custody relates to living with and supervising the children. Legal custody relates to the responsibility of making decisions relating to health, education, welfare and other significant decisions affecting the children. Both physical and legal custody can be sole or joint. See Child Custody for more information.