Types of Custody: Joint Custody

In custody cases, the “joint custody” usually refers to one of two possible situations: the physical custody and joint legal, or joint legal custody.

In the agreements authentic “joint custody”, the parents share equally the rights of the “legal custody” and “physical custody”. This means that parents participate equally in making decisions about the growth and well-being of the child, and divide equally the time and the responsibilities involved in their daily care — including the right of parents to have the child live with any of them. Agreements authentic custody are rare because they have the potential to cause both personal difficulties (stress, disruption of the routine of the child), as practical problems (scheduling, costs of maintaining two separate spaces for the lower dwell).

Example: The mother and father were divorced and came to an agreement authentic on the custody of your child. The mother and father will work together to reach an agreement on the main issues concerning the growth and well-being of your child (legal custody), and agree that the child lives with each parent for a month at a time (physical custody).

The custody is “joint legal” is much more common that agreements are authentic about custody (where physical custody and legal shared). With the custody “joint legal” both parents share the right to make long-term decisions about the upbringing of the child and about aspects of their well-being, but physical custody is granted to one parent.

Example: The mother and father were divorced and they decided to share the legal custody of the child, but at the same time agreed that the mother should have physical custody of the child. The mother and father will work together to reach an agreement on the most important issues about the growth and well-being of the child (legal custody), but he will live with the mother.