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What does Legal Custody of a Child Mean?

What is Legal Custody?

In Georgia, legal custody determines which parent will have the ultimate authority to make major decisions concerning the child or children involved. Legal custody may either be granted to one parent or shared between both parents. When both parents share decision-making for their child, it is called joint legal custody.

Notably, Legal custody does NOT relate to how actual physical time with the child is split between each parent. Time with a minor child is determined by physical custody.