If we have joint legal custody, the other parent can be involved in major decisions, including the children’s upbringing. The key to joint legal custody is to create a balanced parenting plan. It is also important to remember that the child’s best interests will be taken into account. A judge may favor one parent over the other based on the child’s best interests, so parents should consider their unique situation.
Although there is no official definition of joint legal custody in New York State, courts have interpreted it to mean that both parents share responsibility for raising the child. This includes making decisions about the child’s health, education, and welfare. However, this arrangement can be logistically difficult. Therefore, parents should consider dividing the time equally.
There are several ways to make decisions involving the child. Joint legal custody involves consultation and agreement between the parents on important decisions, such as the child’s education, religion, extracurricular activities, and extracurricular activities. The other option is sole legal custody, which gives one parent the authority to make these decisions.
Joint legal custody is ideal for parents who work well together and communicate effectively. Courts do not want to assign joint legal custody to parents who cannot cooperate or do not have time to communicate with each other. If parents can cooperate, joint legal custody can be a great way to avoid repeated trips to the court. A joint legal custody arrangement can help parents remain more involved in their child’s life, avoid conflict, and make it easier for parents to reach major decisions.
It is important to remember that a judge may not have a bias against gay or lesbian parents. He or she may simply be motivated by his or her own prejudices or the prejudices of the community. If you’re concerned about the possibility of discrimination, consult with a lawyer. The National Center for Lesbian Rights can provide a list of attorneys in your area.
The children’s interests are the main focus in determining custody. Children with joint legal custody have a stronger bond with both parents, and are better off in school and social situations. Moreover, they are more likely to develop good relationships with both parents, especially if they spend 35 percent of their time with each parent.
If the relationship between parents is acrimonious, a court can modify the custody and visitation arrangements. These changes can be necessary because of various factors, but they need to be justified by the child’s best interests. Regardless of the circumstances, however, the courts do want to maintain stability in custody arrangements.
If we have joint legal custody, the mother will have the primary physical custody of the child. She will have the primary authority to make decisions for the child and should receive support from the father. The father will have the right to visit the children if she so desires.