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Joint Custody: Legal and Physical
In child custody situations, "joint custody" usually means either joint legal and physical custody, or joint legal custody with primary physical custody awarded to one the parties.In a true "joint custody" situation, both parents share equally in making decisions about the child's upbringing and welfare (Joint Legal Custody), and equally split the time when the child lives with either of the parents. True joint custody arrangements are rare because of the disruptions to the child’s routine, the stress of having to move to another home, and the cost of maintaining two separate households for the child(ren).

More common than true joint custody arrangements where legal custody and physical custody is split evenly, is that the parties share equally in the right to make long-term decisions about the raising of a child and key aspects of the child's welfare (Joint Legal Custody) but primary physical custody is awarded to one parent with the non-custodial parent being awarded liberal parenting time. For instance, the father and mother share equally in the decisions such as medical treatment for the child and both have the right to attend teacher’s meetings, but the child lives primarily with either the father or mother, with the other parent being given, for example, parenting time every other weekend, an overnight during the week, a dinner once a week, and several weeks over the summer.

Most Courts and Michigan Law strives to maintain the relationships that children have with both parents, so it is unlikely, short of good cause, that the non-custodial parent will not be awarded ample time and opportunity to continue fostering the relationship between themselves and their child(ren).


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