WHAT IS JOINT CUSTODY

What is Joint Conservatorship (Custody)?

Joint custody is the legal right for both parents to live with and make decisions about their child. This custody option often requires both parents to make discuss decisions and come to an agreement about issues like where their children go to school. Joint custody is an alternative to sole custody. Sole custody is granted to only one parent. They may decide where the child lives and/or how they are raised depending on the type of custody arrangement they have.The other parent receives visitation right. Visitation allows the other parent to spend time with their child. It may be supervised or unsupervised. Supervised visitation means a third party watches the parent and child interact. Abuse or neglect is usually the reason for supervised visitations.

Joint Custody Has Two Options:

Joint custody is separated into two legal rights: legal and physical joint custody. A legal joint conservatorship allows both parents to make decisions about how their child is raised. Parents can decided where their child attends school and what type of medical care the child receives. Joint physical conservatorship focuses on where the child lives. Joint custody gives each parent 50 percent custody rights. This means the parents must agree on when the child lives with each parent.

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