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Do you understand joint custody?

When you go through divorce, the court will determine with whom any minor children from the marriage will live. Furthermore, a visitation schedule will also be put into place for the other parent.

In many cases, joint custody is the best option for both the parents and the children

There are two types of joint custody:

-- Joint legal custody

-- Joint legal and physical custody

Let's start by examining joint legal and physical custody. With this arrangement, parents share equal physical and legal rights. This means they work together to make decisions. Additionally, they split time in regards to day-to-day care, which includes the right for the child to live with them.

The problem with this type of custody is that many issues can arise, such as regular disruptions to the child's school routine.

Joint legal custody is more common, as this gives both parents the right to make decisions about how the child is reared. While this holds true, physical custody is still awarded to one parent.

As you can see, there are many factors associated with joint custody. Not only do you need to understand both types, but the court must agree that it is in the best interest of the child.

The more you understand about joint custody, the easier it is to make decisions that put you and your child in the best position for a better future. Just because you are going through a divorce does not mean your children have to suffer. A joint custody setup may be the best arrangement for everybody.

Source: FindLaw, "Joint Custody," accessed Oct. 15, 2015

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