Glossary of Legal Terms

Sole Legal Custody (or Sole Parental Responsibility)

One parent is give the legal authority to make the major life decisions affecting the child’s welfare, such as where the child(ren) goes to the doctor or goes to school. If the parents do not agree on a decision about the child(ren), the parent with sole legal custody has the right to make the final decision. The alternative to sole legal custody is joint legal custody.