The term "joint child custody" refers to shared custody or co-parenting. Parents can share joint physical custody, with the child living with each parent for a specified amount of time. Parents can also share joint legal custody, where the child lives with only one parent, but both parents have equal legal rights and obligations to that child. Part of determining child custody is deciding what type of custody you want and then coming up with a workable schedule that suits all
involved parties.

Parents sharing joint physical custody can work out a schedule based on their child's needs. Co-parenting is usually easier to implement if the parents live close to each other. Depending on the type of schedule you choose, the child can alternate days, weeks, months, or even years between homes. Work schedules, living arrangements, and school calendars should be worked into the joint custody schedule.

In the best-case situation, the parents would be able to come to an understanding of co-parenting on their own. If the parents are reluctant or unable to agree on a schedule, the court will step in and enforce a custody agreement.

Common joint physical custody arrangements include:

● Alternating weeks with each parent, Living with one parent the first week and the other parent the next, throughout the year.
● Alternating longer periods of custody, like months, three to six month periods, and years.
● Spending weekdays with one parent, & weekends with the other, and alternating holidays.
● Having the child or children remain in the family home, and the parents take turns moving in and out. This is also referred to as -bird's nest custody, and while unusual, it can be a workable solution for some families.

If the child will live with only one parent and simply visit the other, then the parent the child lives with has sole physical custody. In this situation, parents can still share joint legal custody. Joint legal custody gives each parent equal & fair rights and responsibility to make decisions about their child's upbringing.

Joint legal or physical custody allows the child to have involvement and contact with both of their parents. It also allows parents who no longer live together to share the responsibilities of parenting as well. When all parties get along reasonably well or at least adhere to the arrangements, joint custody and co- parenting can be beneficial to both parents and children.

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