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Child Custody, sole vs joint custody wording

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Sometimes there is a fine line between Sole Custody and Joint Custody.  The concept of “either or” does not have to exist and the parties are usually free to adopt Custody language that they can agree on. Below are five (5) possibilities. 

  1. JOINT CUSTODY WHERE THE COURT HAS FINAL DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY: The parties mutually agree that the parties shall have joint legal custody / shared custody of the infant issue of the marriage with Mother having residential custody. All major decisions involving the Child, excluding emergency medical treatment, shall be discussed by the parties.   In the event that the parties are unable to reach agreement then they shall petition a Court of Competent jurisdiction.  The Child shall reside with the Mother, except for visitation/parenting time periods designated to the Father in accordance with the provisions of this Article and / or as agreed to by the parties.  The Mother agrees to make all reasonable efforts to assist the Father to accomplish visitation taking into consideration the Father’s work schedule and the children’s school schedule and activities. All visitation/parenting time shall take place away from the residence of Mother.

 

  1. JOINT CUSTODY WHERE MOTHER HAS FINAL DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY: The parties mutually agree that the parties shall have joint legal custody of the infant issue of the marriage with Mother having residential custody. All major decisions involving the Child excluding emergency medical treatment, shall be discussed and the Mother shall have final decision making authority and such final decisions shall be reasonable.   The Child shall reside with the Wife, except for visitation periods designated to the Husband in accordance with the provisions of this Article and / or as agreed to by the parties.  The Mother agrees to make all reasonable efforts to assist the Father to accomplish visitation taking into consideration the Father’s work schedule and the children’s school schedule and activities. All visitation shall take place away from the residence of Mother.

 

  1. JOINT CUSTODY WHERE PEDIATRICIAN AND SCHOOL HAVE FINAL DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY OVER MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL DECISIONS: The parties mutually agree that the parties shall have joint legal custody of the infant issue of the marriage with Mother having residential custody. All major decisions involving the Child excluding emergency medical treatment, shall be discussed and if the parties are unable to agree then the child’s Pediatrician shall have final decision making authority in all medical matters and the school officials where the child is attending shall have final decision making in all matters involving education.   The Child shall reside with the Mother, except for visitation/parenting time periods designated to the Father in accordance with the provisions of this Article and / or as agreed to by the parties.  The Mother agrees to make all reasonable efforts to assist the Father to accomplish visitation taking into consideration the Father’s work schedule and the children’s school schedule and activities. All visitation shall take place away from the residence of Mother.

 

  1. SOLE CUSTODY TO MOTHER EXCEPT THAT THE PARTIES HAVE JOINT DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY ON MATTERS OF HEALTH EDUCATION & RELIGION : The parties mutually agree that the Mother shall have sole legal and residential  custody of the infant issue of the marriage.  The Mother shall have residential custody of the infant issue of the marriage.  The Mother shall have final decision making authority for all decisions involving the Child except that the parties shall have joint decision making authority on major decisions concerning the children’s Health, except in emergencies, Education and Religion.

 

  1. SOLE CUSTODY TO MOTHER The parties mutually agree that the Mother shall have sole legal and residential custody and con­trol of the Child of the marriage. The Child shall reside with the Mother  except for visitation periods designated to the Father

 


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