Joint Custody – A Look at Common Issues

Custody of the children is one of the most contested areas of a divorce. Parents still love their children even if they get a divorce. Once we become used to their presence in our everyday lives, it can be difficult living without them. In the Victorian era and before, while wives and children were both considered property of the husband, there was never any question of child custody; however, the pendulum swung in favor of the mother. Joint custody is commonly prescribed today.

Both parents get to spend time with their children with joint custody. Often, this split isn’t done evenly, but both parents get more visitation rights.

Some parents reach a joint custody arrangement themselves. In other cases, a judge can order the arrangement. One parent’s home will be deemed secondary while the other is designated as the primary residence. In a few cases, the father is deemed to be the primary parent, but it’s usually the mother.

Once the court has established joint custody, it will set up a visitation schedule unless the couple is able to work out one on their own. 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. The mother would have the child during odd numbered years for the holiday. This would also be the case for various other holidays.

Some judges decide for an even time split. This usually means that the child will spend one week with the parent before switching again. If the parent’s homes are close enough to each other, this can be a great solution. While he or she has visitation, the parent will be responsible for making sure the child attends all appointments or classes. The child will need to be provided with food and clothing while staying with the parent.Doc No.azlcssaeh-sdgfhkl

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