Sole custody means that one parent is the sole custodian and makes all decisions regarding the minor child. The non-custodial parent has visitation rights only. Joint custody means that the parents make joint decisions for the minor child although the child lives with one parent and visits with the other parent. Joint custody status allows the non-custodial parent access to the child’s medical and school records. Shared custody means that the child spends an equal amount of time living with both parents. Both parents have equal rights and responsibilities in regards to the child.