What is the diffrence between sole, joint, and shared custody?

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What is the diffrence between sole, joint, and shared custody?

Post  Admin on Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:07 pm

Sole custody

Sole legal custody designates one parent with the decision-making authority over major issues involving the child. Except when agreed to by the parties or except when the court orders otherwise, the parent having custody shall determine the child's upbringing.

Joint custody

Joint custody refers to joint legal custody or joint physical custody or both. Joint legal custody means that both parents share in the decision-making authority over major issues regarding the children. Joint physical custody means the condition under which the physical residence of the child is shared by the parents in a manner that assures the the child has substantially equal time and contact with both parents. Joint custody does not mean a fifty-fifty time share regarding custody of children. Hindsley v. Hindsley, 145 Ariz. 428, 701 P.2d 1236 (Ariz. App. 1985).

Shared custody

Custody can be shared by parents. With shared custody, both parents share in the decision-making authority regarding the children and neither parent is designated the primary physical custodian. Instead, each parent spends equal time with the children. There are many approaches to shared custody. For example, parents can alternate weeks or alternate every six months.

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