Custody

CUSTODY - the care and control of a minor child awarded by the court to a parent (or both parents for joint custody) in a case for divorce, separate maintenance, annulment, or paternity. Legal custody gives a parent the right of access to a child's medical and educational information, along with the right to make medical and educational decision regarding the child. Physical custody refers to who a child lives with. In Michigan, custody determinations must be based on the best interests of the child. MCL 722.23.