The custody of children is possibly the most emotional matter to resolve when the parents are divorcing. One common form of child custody arrangement is joint custody. Joint custody refers to a shared right (and responsibility) in decision making regarding your children, including education, religion and any health issues. Even if the children reside the majority of time with the other parent, in joint custody, you retain your parental rights with regard to these crucial issues.
Some parents who have joint custody choose to have essentially two homes for the children, called joint physical custody. In others, one parent retains access through visitation. There is a legal difference between physical custody and legal custody, and it is important that you fully understand this distinction so that your East Brunswick child custody lawyer can assist you to pursue the form of custody that you choose.
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When joint custody is awarded, the two parents will be required to submit a schedule that clearly outlines the parenting time that each parent will have a right to. The parenting plan, in cases of joint custody, should also address issues such as a parent' participation with regard to religion, education, upbringing, the making of important decisions that will impact the child, as well as any support that will be paid from one parent to the other, the amount, and frequency of payments.
These parenting plans should be very clear and carefully written to avoid problems in the future, including holidays, and where the children will be spend their time on these holidays, either days or hours. Once the parenting plan is completed, whether through negotiations with the two attorneys, or in mediation, this plan is submitted to the court, where it will become part of the divorce order, and will require compliance—from both parties.
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