Legal custody of a child means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. A parent's legal custody may be Sole, Joint and Non-Custodial. A parent with legal custody can make decisions about the child's schooling, religious upbringing and medical care etc.
Sole CustodyOne parent is awarded the decision making of a child. Sole custodian has a duty to keep the non custodial parent informed of all decisions regarding the child or children.
Joint CustodyBoth parents have to work together to determine the best interest of their children. There should be a primary joint custodian awarded because of the parents can't agree- a final decision must be made.