When you are married, making medical decisions for a minor child can be rather straightforward. But when you are divorced, the medical decisions that are made for your child can become a point of contention and can even lead to a change in custody.
Sole Legal Custody
When the courts award sole legal custody, only one parent has custody of the minor. When one parent does not have custody, he or she still has the right to be told about the medical decisions that the other parent makes on behalf of the child.