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Understanding Joint Custody
When a relationship ends, and children are involved, there can be a lot of concern and worry over who will raise the children. The courts normally try to focus on making sure both parents maintain a healthy presence in their children’s lives. Joint custody is one of the most common options as it involves sharing parental responsibility. Joint custody can be both joint physical custody or joint legal custody.
Physical custody has to do with the place where the child will live. If one parent has been granted sole physical custody, it means the child will reside with that parent. Joint custody means the child will reside at both homes and move back and forth between the two households.
Legal custody refers to the parent who will make major decisions for the child. Legal custody decisions normally refer to choices pertaining to religious education, schooling needs, extracurricular activities, healthcare needs, and more. If parents have joint legal custody and fail to allow the other parent to participate in these decisions, they can be found in contempt of court.
Different Forms of Joint Custody
There are variations of child custody agreements based on the needs of both parents. For example, one agreement could state the parents share joint legal custody but not physical custody. The child will live primarily with one parent, but both parents are responsible for making important decisions for their children.
As custody agreements can become confusing quickly, it is a wise decision to hire an expert like Ammon Nelson to help you with your case. We can assist in helping to obtain the best result for you and your child.
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