- The definition of custody is the care of a person or thing, generally under court orders, or the state of being held by force.
- An example of custody is a parent having full rights to his child after a divorce.
- An example of custody is a robber being held by the police.
- a guarding or keeping safe; care; protection; guardianship
- the right of having one's children in one's immediate care, awarded under various arrangements to one or both of the parents by a court as a result of a divorce or separation
Origin of custodyMiddle English custodie ; from Classical Latin custodia ; from custos, a guard, keeper ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)keudh- ; frombase an unverified form (s)keus-, to cover from source sky
in the keeping of the police; under arrest
take into custody
- The control and care of a person or property, especially when granted by a court: an adult who was given custody of the child. See Synonyms at care.
- The state of being detained or held under guard, especially by the police: took the robbery suspect into custody.
Origin of custodyMiddle English custodie, from Latin custōdia, from custōs, custōd-, guard; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.
- The legal right to take care of something or somebody, especially children.
- The court awarded custody to the child's father.
- Temporary possession or care of somebody else's property.
- I couldn't pay the bill and now my passport is in custody of the hotel management.
- The state of being imprisoned or detained, usually pending a trial.
- He was mistreated while in police custody.
From Latin custodia (“a keeping, watch, guard, prison”), from custos (“a keeper, watchman, guard”).
custody - Legal Definition
- The immediate control, guarding, or keeping of a thing for its care, inspection, preservation, or security.
- Any significant restraint or control over a person’s freedom to ensure his or her presence at a hearing or trial in a criminal action.
- The restraint and control over a person who is incarcerated following that person’s conviction of an offense.
The physical control over a minor awarded by a court to a parent in a divorce or separation proceeding or in a similar action between the unmarried parents of the child. Such control usually includes the right to have the child live with the parent who is awarded custody, the right to determine the upbringing of the child (including the care, discipline, education, religion, and residence of the child), the right to make all legal decisions concerning the child, and the duty to care for and maintain the child. See also visitation rights.joint custody
An arrangement ordered by a court or agreed upon by the divorced or separated parents of a minor by which the parents share all authority, decisions, and responsibilities concerning the care and upbringing of their child, although the minor still primarily resides (usually) with only one of the parents.sole custody
An arrangement ordered by a court or agreed upon by the divorced or separated parents of a minor by which only one parent makes all the decisions and has all the authority and responsibilities concerning the care and upbringing of his or her child, to the exclusion of the other parent.