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Joint vs Shared Custody

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I have been separated from my wife for nearly 3 years. I currently have my children 50% of the time & my ex & I are completing our divorce. When jointly completing the application what is the best option to choose joint or shared custody? No support is paid by either parent as we make similar wages & agree to have the children 50% of the time. Thanks

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Jennifer M. Long, B.A. J.D.
5 years ago

Joint custody means joint decision-making regarding the children. In a shared parenting regime, the parents share joint custody and equal parenting time. What you have described sounds like a shared parenting arrangement.

I would recommend that you consult with a lawyer prior to signing the joint application, particularly to confirm that the child support arrangement you have agreed upon is reasonable. ​ Furthermore, it is unclear if you have a signed Separation Agreement. Often the court will want to see that as well.

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