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Definition: Joint legal custody
Definition: Joint legal custody
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Family Law Glossary: Joint legal custody

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Parents in Placer County and throughout California with joint legal custody share the right to make decisions for their children on such issues as medical care, travel, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing. Having joint legal custody does not mean parents must always agree on these issues. Instead, one parent can sometimes make decisions alone, especially on relatively minor issues such as which extracurricular activities a child can participate in. However, disagreements can sometimes crop up on important issues, such as religious upbringing or controversial medical care, in which case a couple might need to engage in mediation or even litigation before a judge


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