custody collocations and examples

 UK /ˈkʌstədi/

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the legal right to look after a child

Adjectives frequently used with custody
when one person has custody: exclusive, full, soleThe Superior Court ruled that he deserved sole custody of the couple’s two children.when two people have custody: jointDespite no longer living together, Doug and Alice remain in close contact due to joint custody of their son.temporary: interim, temporaryShe has temporary custody of the children until a full divorce hearing is heard.
Verbs frequently used with custody
have custody: haveThe judge makes arrangements for one parent to have custody of the child, and the other to have access.get custody: gain, get, obtain, winThe mother got custody of the children.give someone custody: award someone, give someone, grant someoneHe is granted temporary custody of her for a further three weeks.try to get custody: apply for, ask for, claim, demand, fight for, file for, seek, wantWithin weeks Stephen had decided to seek custody of the children.refuse custody: deny, refuseThe judges decided that adultery was not a reason to deny a woman custody of the children.share custody: shareIt was a civilized divorce and they shared custody of their two daughters.lose custody: loseHe feared losing custody of the children.keep custody: keep, retainThey could carry on any legal battle necessary to retain custody of their son.transfer custody: transferHe wants to transfer custody of his nine-year-old son to his former wife.

when someone is kept in prison until their trial

Adjectives frequently used with custody
federal, lawful, legal, military, police, prison, psychiatricHe escaped from psychiatric custody in 1986 and went into hiding in France.
Verbs frequently used with custody
be in custody: be in, remain in, return toThe suspects remain in custody at a south London police someone in custody: commit someone to, place someone in, remand someone in, sentence someone to, take someone intoShe was remanded in custody after being falsely accused of murder.keep someone in custody: detain someone in, hold someone in, keep someone inIf bail is refused, you will be held in custody until your first court appearance.leave custody: escape (from), leaveAn investigation has begun after a woman died shortly after leaving police custody.release someone from custody: discharge someone from, realease someone fromThe men were released from custody on Thursday morning.
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