Custody

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Custody describes the day-to-day arrangements for residency of minor children. Custody is also a determining factor in the amount of child support to be paid. The Federal Child Support Guidelines refer to Sole, Shared and Split Custody only.

Sole Custody: In sole custody situations all children live with one parent more than 60 percent of the time over the course of a year.

Joint Custody: In joint custody situations one parent has primary residency of the children. Primary residency means that all children live with one parent more than 60 percent of the time over the course of a year. Many parents prefer this term over sole custody although for the purposes of calculating child support they are the same.

Shared Custody: In shared custody situations, a child lives at least 40 percent of the time with each parent over the course of a year. This means that the children alternate their residences between the parents.

Split Custody: Split custody is possible when there are two or more children. In split custody situations each parent has custody of one or more of the children, which means:
  • One or more children live with one parent more than 60 percent of the time in the year, and
  • One or more children live with the other parent more than 60 percent of the time in the year.