Shared Parenting Plans
Support and Time Sharing of Children Statute 61:13
Shared custody (also called joint custody) is when both parents share the rights and responsibilities of raising and caring for a child. Shared custody is one option in child custody cases after a divorce or separation. Shared custody will be awarded by a family court when it is determined to be in the best interest of the children. In fact, the family court will judge in favor of the children's best interests regarding all matters in a divorce. Shared custody is considered an option when both parents are found to be fit for parenting responsibilities and no violence or abuse occurred in the past.
Shared custody means that both parents share legal and physical custody of the child. Legal custody refers to the major decisions that affect and direct the child's life. Shared custody means that both parents have the right to make decisions about education, health care, day care, emergency care, extracurricular activities, religion, and other issues that affect the child's life.
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