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Is There a Difference between Shared Custody and Split Custody?

Answer: Shared custody is where each parent is with the children about one-half of the time. The non-resident party generally has the right to take the all the kids during his or her parenting time. The children reside with one parent, and spend half of the time with the other parent.

Split custody is different. It is where each parent is awarded residential parenting time with one or more of the children, and the other has “visitation type” parenting time with the children that live with the other parent. Some of the children reside in one parent’s household and some reside in the other parent’s household.


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