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When two parents share responsibility for a child after a divorce or legal separation, they are said to have joint custody. There are two types of joint custody that can be granted: joint physical custody and joint legal custody. Physical refers to where the child will physically live, and in this case would live jointly between both parents homes. Legal custody refers to who has the responsibility of decisions for the child's life and well-being, and in this case, both parents would share that responsibility.
It is common to have joint custody as it typically benefits the child the most. It may also be common to have joint legal custody with sole physical custody, meaning that the child primarily lives with one parent but both parents equally share in the decisions and responsibility for the child.
If two parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements, the decision will be up to the court to make. Joint custody may not be favorable if one parent wishes to move out of town or state, if one parents feels that having the other parent involved directly will prevent him or her from moving on, if the joint custody causes the child stress of moving back and forth, or if one parent is not as responsible as the other. Once custody is determined, it can be very difficult to challenge or change in the future.
Custody battles can be strenuous, complicated and long. It is unfair to put a child through unnecessary disputes of child custody after going through a divorce or separation. Seeking the council of a family law attorney can help make the process smoother, easier and faster. A family lawyer knows the ins and outs of joint custody laws and will properly evaluate your case and help you determine what would be best for you and your family.
To find a child custody attorney, contact Attorney Search Network today for a Family Law Lawyer Referral with Joint Custody experience. We can help you find a child custody lawyer who will help you in all child custody issues.
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