Custody of a child generally gives an adult the right to provide for the minor's daily care and education. This custody can be legal, physical or both. Physical custody can be either full-time or be divided with another parent or caregiver.
While a child's natural parents are the most common parties to petition for custody of a child, in some instances, grandparents or other relatives with close relationships may share custody with a parent who is hospitalized or incarcerated. Likewise, if a child's relative raised a child for a significant portion of her life, that relative may have a claim to custody if a parent becomes ill or unable to care for the child.
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To request legal custody of a minor child, you generally will need to petition the court and attend a hearing in front of a judge. That said, the exact process for petitioning the court for custody varies between jurisdictions, so it is important to understand your state's law before beginning any legal proceedings.