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How does joint custody work after a child's parents divorce?

Often when Tennessee residents divorce they anticipate living their lives without the involvement of their soon-to-be former partners. Unfortunately, though, many former spouses must continue to interact and work together when they share children. This is especially true when the former partners agree to or have a joint custody order imposed pursuant to their divorce.

When parents share joint custody of their kids they share in the physical and legal responsibilities of raising their children. Joint physical custody may involve a child spending nearly equal time in the households of their parents or it may involve a less balanced custodial plan that is reasonable and serves the child's best interests.

Joint legal custody permits bot of a child's parents to have a say in how their child is raised and how important issues should be addressed. For example, a parent who lacks legal custody of their child may not be able to intervene if the legal custodian of the child wants to move the child from one school to another; when parents share legal custody they must work together and find outcomes that serve the children's needs and meet their own parental expectations.

Joint custody arrangements can be very good for children and many parents find ways to put their differences aside so that their kids can continue to have relationships with both of their parents. However, joint custody is not always the best option for a Hamilton child and for this reason all custody cases should be reviewed based on their own facts. Family law attorneys are available for individuals who require assistance establishing custodial plans that will protect their children following the parents' separations or divorces.

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