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Sole Custody


Term Definition Sole Custody - a form of custody in which one parent is awarded both physical and legal custody.
Application in Divorce In most divorces, it is the exception rather than the rule for sole custody to be awarded.

Sole custody is not normally used unless there is a compelling reason. In this arrangement, the noncustodial parent has no say in the upbringing of his or her child. The sole custodial parent makes all decisions concern school, friends, social activities -- everything and anything touching the life of the child.

Sole custody may also be limit the noncustodial parent to visitation under supervision.

See Custody.

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