Full custody is a legal term that refers to the physical care for a child, and the responsibilities and rights afforded to parents. Contrary to the plain-language implications of the term, "full custody" and "sole custody" are not the same.
Full custody means parents have full rights to make medical, legal and educational decisions for their child.
A parent with full custody has the responsibility to financially provide for the child and meet his basic needs.
Full custody entails physically caring for the child on a full-time or part-time basis.
Two parents can share full custody of a child. In situations where parents have joint custody, as long as the mother and father retain their legal rights, both can have full custody.
Full Custody and Visitation
When only one parent has full custody, he still must comply with all court orders regarding visitation with the noncustodial parent.