Joint Custody: What Is It?


In almost every case involving children, one parent says, “I want joint custody.” When asked what they mean by joint custody, a puzzled look comes across the client’s face as they seek to avoid directly answering the question. So, what exactly is joint custody?

Custody can easily be broken into two components: physical custody, and decision making. Physical custody refers to where and when the children will be with a parent. Decision marking generally refers to who is going to make the major decisions regarding the health, education and welfare of the children.

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