Having custody means that you will have the responsibility of making major decisions in the child's life, such as education, medical treatment and religious upbringing of the child. Either you or your spouse may have sole custody of yourchild. Alternatively, you and your spouse may have joint custody of your child.This means that you and your spouse will have to make joint decisions on the majorissues in your child's life.Although both parents may have joint custody, usually only one parent will have care and control.
Having care and control means that the child will live with you,and you have the responsibility of making the day-to-day decisions that affect the child's life, such as what time he goes to bed at night. Sometimes, care and control of the child may be given to a person who is not the child's parent, such as a grandmother or aunt.Access is when the non-custodial parent (the parent who does not stay with thechildren) gets to see the child.