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Joint Custody – A Look at Common Issues

Posted July 19, 2011 by in Articles | No comments yet

In many divorces, child custody is one of the top priorities as well as the greatest bone of contention. Even if they split up, they still want to be a part of their children’s lives. It can be difficult learning to live without them once they’ve become attached, and the fight over who is going to get to keep them can be bitter. Although it’s no longer the case, children and wives used to be considered the husband’s property. Today, there is a movement towards joint custody since it’s more fair for both parties.

Both parents get to spend time with their children with joint custody. This time does not need to be split evenly, and the split is usually geared towards more time with the mother, but it gives visitation rights to each parent.

The courts can either order a joint custody agreement or the parents can come to the conclusion themselves. One parent’s home will usually be designated as the primary residence. Usually the mother is considered to be the primary parent; however, if it is deemed that the father would be a better primary due to the mother’s drug or alcohol abuse, then it could be assigned to the father.

If the couple isn’t able to come up with their own visitation schedule, then a judge may come up with one for them. Every other weekend and rotating holidays usually make up this schedule. Even and odd-numbered years form the basis for the rotating holidays. The father could spend Thanksgiving with the child during even numbered years. For the holiday, the mother would have the child during odd numbered years. The same situation would occur for other major holidays.

The couple or the courts may also decide to make a 50/50 custody agreement in which the child’s time is shared equally. Each parent would get to spend one week with the child. This can be arranged if the parents live close enough to each other and the child’s school to make the exchange easy. In this type of arrangement, both parents are responsible to see that the children is taken to appointments while he or she has visitation. They must also make sure the child has the food, clothing, and other items necessary during visitations.Doc No.azlcssaeh-sdgfhkl

Kristie Brown writes on a variety of topics from health to technology. Check out her websites on stop my divorce and stop divorce

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