Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody

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In this video, Buffalo Child Custody Lawyer Donna L. Haslinger explains the differences between joint custody and sole custody in New York State. If you have questions about your child custody rights, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We welcome the opportunity to assist you and your family.

  • Joint custody and sole custody are probably the two most common terms you will hear when discussing custody.
  • With joint custody, the court’s most important presumption is that the two parents can communicate with the other parent and work together in raising your children.
  • Most cases involve a joint custody agreement, with one spouse being designated as primary residential parent with whom the child lives.
  • Sometimes, the primary residence may be shared, but one parent is usually designated as the primary residential parent and will probably receive child support.
  • Sole custody gives one parent authority to make all decisions for the child without consulting the other parent, although the sole custodian may consult the other parent.

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