While custody agreements typically give one parent responsibility for decisions about the child, shared parenting offers both parents an equal share of the responsibility. In some states, shared parenting is referred to as “joint custody.” That means parents will make decisions regarding education, medical treatment, religion, extracurricular activities, and other issues together. A shared parenting agreement requires that the parents can effectively communicate with each other. A shared parenting agreement does not necessarily mean that the child’s time will be split evenly between the two parents, nor does it mean that parents will pay equal portions of the child’s expenses.
The court prefers shared parenting agreements over sole custody because it means both parents will remain in the child’s life. However, the court can only grant a shared parenting arrangement if at least one parent specifically requests it and submits a proposed shared parenting plan. If neither parent requests a shared parenting arrangement, the court will give one parent primary control over the child.
We can help you decide how best to handle issues regarding children. Whether you want to pursue sole custody, joint custody, or shared parenting, our experienced family law attorneys will work with you to ensure that you understand your rights and your options. We can help you create a plan that works for you and your child. Contact Kirkland & Sommers, online or call (937) 853-5555.