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Merriam-Webster “Custody” Defined

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Merriam-Webster “Custody” Defined

Merriam-Webster “Custody” Defined:

…care and maintenance of a child that includes the right to direct the child’s activities and make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing 

— joint custody: custody of a child shared by divorced or separated parents who alternate physical custody of and share in decisions regarding the child —  called also shared custody

— physical custody: custody that includes sharing a residence with a child…

— shared custody: joint custody in this entry…

— sole custody: custody of a child awarded to only one person and usually to a parent…

— temporary custody: custody awarded until a final judgment in a matter (as a divorce) is made…

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