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What is the Difference Between Sole and Joint Custody?

  • The difference between sole and joint custody is that when sole custody is awarded to a party, that party has the primary residential custody and the authority to make the major decisions affecting the health, education, and welfare of the child.  
  • Joint custody can refer either to the residence or to the decision-making issues of custody.  
  • The usual custody arrangement is when one parent is awarded primary residential custody and the parties share the major decisions affecting the child, referred to as joint legal custody.  
  • Joint custody can also mean that the child lives with the parties an equal amount of time, such as one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.

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