Joint custody is a type of child custody in which both parents have an equal amount of custody over the child. This includes living arrangements, financial support, important decision making regarding the child, and much more. In fact, joint custody is one of the most common types of child custody that is awarded. It is often granted when both parties are splitting on equal terms and do not share any major disagreements.
Often, parties requesting joint custody realize that they both can equally provide and care for the child, and both parties often agree on the majority of important issues surrounding the child’s life. Additionally, joint custody is common when the child cannot decide which parent he or she would like to live with, and ultimately decides he equally wants to live with both, just at separate times. Joint custody won’t be awarded, for example, in a situation which one parent has a proven history of domestic violence.
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Although joint custody is often a decision made and agreed upon by both parties, it is still important that each party retain a lawyer.
A court may not need to make the decision regarding child custody, but the courts will still need to be involved and it is important that your legal rights are protected.