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It’s important to understand the details of joint custody

If you are going through the divorce process, it's important to understand how this will impact your relationship with your child or children. For many parents, the future of your relationship starts with learning more about joint custody.

Here's what you need to know: there are several different kinds of custody. When it comes to joint custody options, there are two possible scenarios:

  • Joint legal custody
  • Joint legal and physical custody

With joint legal and physical custody, parents share equal physical and legal custody rights. That essentially means that parents participate equally in making decisions regarding the well-being and raising of the child, often including decisions about religion and education. Both parents also share time when they are physically responsible for the child.

In some situations, one parent may receive primary custody of the child or children, while the other parent has rights to regular visitation with the children, including overnight visits and holidays.

Even if one parent has physical custody and the other has visitation rights, they can still share legal custody. This gives both parents the opportunity to make decisions on how to raise the child.

With so much to think about in regard to joint custody and other common custody arrangements, you need to learn more before the divorce process begins. You don't want to go into this without the appropriate knowledge, as it can make it a challenge to fight for what you want.

Fortunately, once you have a clear understanding of joint custody, you will know exactly which steps to take in order to protect your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Joint Custody," accessed Dec. 11, 2017

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