Custody Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Custody, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Custody?

It means the possession and control of a thing or person.1)Detention of a person who has committed any illegal act by police in prison after conviction of a crime or while awaiting trial. 2)In case of child custody after divorce the the legal aunthority given to one parent or sometimes both the parents jointly for the care,control and maintenance of a minor child. 3)To hold someone’s property or goods and keep it under one’s control.

History and Meaning of Custody

The term "custody" comes from the Latin word "custodia" which means "guardianship" or "care". It has been used in legal contexts for centuries to refer to the possession and control of a person or property. Custody is most commonly used in reference to child custody after a divorce, where a court will award custody to one or both parents depending on the best interests of the child. It can also refer to the detention of a person by police or the holding of someone's property.

Examples of Custody

  1. The defendant was taken into custody after being found guilty of the crime.
  2. Sarah was awarded custody of the children in the divorce proceedings.
  3. The police took custody of the stolen art and returned it to the museum.
  4. The pet store has custody of the animals until they are sold or adopted.
  5. The company has custody of the sensitive personal information provided by its customers.

Legal Terms Similar to Custody

  1. Legal guardianship - the legal right to make decisions on behalf of a person who is unable to do so themselves, such as a minor or someone with a disability.
  2. Visitation rights - the legal right of a non-custodial parent to spend time with their child.
  3. Conservatorship - the legal authority granted by a court to manage the finances and/or medical decisions of another person.