Hingham, MA family law attorney Nicole Levy explains Legal Custody and the variance in definition/scope by Massachusetts courts.
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It honestly depends on which judge is presiding over your case. Some judges interpret legal custody very broadly, and they think that it encompasses all sorts of decisions about your children, not just the basic ones. Some judges look at it a bit more narrowly and decide that legal custody looks to educational decisions, medical decisions, religious and moral upbringing, but limit it to that scope, and then see that the other decisions that are made about the children are kind of done when the child is in that parent’s custody. While the general premise of legal custody is we look at educational decisions, medical decisions, things of that nature, it can sometimes trickle down into smaller decisions like what extracurricular activities your child is gonna participate in.