Shared custody may be the arrangement that works best for the children. They may benefit from spending relatively equal amounts of time with both parents and when the parents can join in making important decisions.
Parents can share physical custody, where they have a largely even split of the time. There are many different ways to accomplish this division of time. Some parents may alternate weeks of custodial time between the two homes. Others may have something like a 3-3-4-4 split. Parents could come up with creative arrangements to divide custody time with the help of their attorneys. When parents are able and willing to work together, they can devise whatever option works best for the children and fits within their schedule.
In addition, parents can share legal custody of the children. Legal custody involves decision-making for the children. Parents may need to make decisions regarding the child’s education or welfare. The presumption is that the two parents will equally share in the decision-making. Thus, they will need to work together.
It is a common arrangement for one parent to have primary physical custody, but the two parents will share legal custody. In that case, the parent with visitation rights will also be able to participate in decision-making.
The hope is that parents can negotiate an arrangement that is in the best interests of the children and work together as best as they can. If the parents cannot agree on custody, they will need to take the matter to court, and the judge will decide.
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