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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans

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What are the different types of custody?

Joint custody

Joint custody means that both parents must agree on major decisions that affect their child. One parent cannot decide these things without the other parent agreeing to it.

Joint custody works best when parents share similar ideas about how to raise their child. It takes a lot of co-operation.

Sometimes parents with joint custody divide the decision-making. For example, one parent makes decisions about the child’s healthcare, while the other parent makes decisions about their education.

Sole custody

Sole custody means that one parent makes all of the important decisions about the child. Sometimes the parent with sole custody must talk to the other parent before making the decision, but the other parent does not have to agree with the decision.

When one parent has sole custody, the other parent usually has access.