Definition - What does Shared Custody mean?
Shared custody is when parents share the custody of children after a divorce. This includes physical and legal custody. So, both parents will be obligated to make legal decisions for the child and to provide them with a place to live for at least part of the year.
Justipedia explains Shared Custody
Shared custody is viewed as a favorable solution for many couples who get divorces. This is because it allows both parents to maintain their relationships with their children.
However, shared custody is not always granted by the judge in family court. For example, if one parent has a history of substance abuse or criminal activity, then the judge may grant sole custody to the more responsible parent, and deny custody rights to the one with the criminal history.