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Joint Custody Agreements In Child Custody Disputes-The Essentials

Gorry Terry
 


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Joint custody gives both parents the right to influence the child's raising. It is where both parents have legal responsibilities and rights regarding their child, despite where they live. The child may live with one parent and visit the other on weekends, it could spend equal amounts of time living with each parent, moving back and forth on a regular basis. Even though the custody is shared, they child may simply live with one parent and visit the other from time to time.

What is a joint custody agreement?

Joint custody gives both parents the right to influence the child's raising. It is where both parents have legal responsibilities and rights regarding their child, despite where they live. The child may live with one parent and visit the other on weekends, it could spend equal amounts of time living with each parent, moving back and forth on a regular basis. Even though the custody is shared, they child may simply live with one parent and visit the other from time to time.

Joint custody can be a good solution if both parents are able to maintain a civil relationship, and work towards the benefit of their child. However, like most things, joint custody can have disadvantages. It can have a negative effect on the child if the parents maintain a hostile and harsh relationship.

What if the parents can't decide on a custody agreement?

In the event that parents are unable to come to an agreement regarding custody and visitation plans, they may have to take part in court-ordered negotiations to find a solution. In such a session, a third party will aid the parents in reaching an agreement. Once agreed upon, the terms will be confirmed by court order.

If parents are unable to come to an agreement in such a session however, visitation and custody will be decided by the court. Evidence will be presented by both sides, and the court will then decide which parent will be awarded custody. Parents are advised to try to work things out together first, before a child custody procedure takes place, as these can be very expensive and it is smart to inform yourself as fully as you can about the process of child custody and joint custody agreements before the whole thing takes off like a runaway train.

Learn more about other common child custody questions and joint custody agreements and the whole process of gaining child custody in the aftermath of a broken relationship.

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