Legal custody is the legal relationship you have to your minor child. As it applies to a parent, it is the right and responsibility to make major decisions concerning the child, except with respect to specified decisions as set forth by the court or the parties in the final judgment or order. According to the statutes, major decisions include, but are not limited to, decisions regarding consent to marry, consent to enter military service, consent to obtain a motor vehicle operator's license, authorization for non-emergency health care and choice of school and religion.
Physical placement means the condition under which a parent or legal custodian has the right to have a child physically placed with that party and has the right and responsibility to make, during that placement, routine daily decisions regarding the child's care, consistent with major decisions made by a person having legal custody.
Visitation is used in the statutes to reference time awarded by the court that a grandparent, great grandparent, step parent, or person who has maintained a relationship similar to a parent-child relationship with the child may be entitled to spend with the child. Visitation does not have any legal custodial rights or obligations associated with it.
For more information about legal custody and physical placement of your minor child, please call Attorney Kathleen Reiley (608-246-8309) or send Kathleen Reiley an email.