When the court awards a parent sole custody of a child, that parent gains the right to make major legal decisions for the child; the other parent does not. The court will likely award the parent without custody specific access and other rights.
Joint custody is a common outcome for child custody cases in which each parent retains some right to make major legal decisions for their child. This does not mean that joint custody is necessarily an equal split of time: one parent is usually chosen to be the primary residential parent, but both parents retain some control over everything from living arrangements to medical treatment to education.
With joint-shared custody, each parent is awarded specific responsibilities, which may include specified periods of responsibility in which that parent is the one who makes decisions on behalf of the child and substantially shared access for each parent with the child/children.
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