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Is joint custody possible if the parents were never married?


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2012-11-10 05:32:13
2012-11-10 05:32:13

Anything is possible if it is in the "best interests of the Child," and both parents are cooperating to ensure this is the result. In Britain if you are an unmarried mother you may confer "Parental Responsibility" on to your partner, if he wishes to assume it. * Joint custody should always be based on what is best for the child. If both the parents get along, there is no domestic violence or other form of abuse hopefully they both will agree to what is best for the child. * In custodial issues relating to unmarried couples, judges are reluctant to grant equal custodial rights to fathers and prefer to follow the "tender-years" theory which is that the birth mother should retain full or sole custody with the father having generous vistation rights. If the parents cannot come to an amicable and equitable agreement on their own, the judge will decide how custody should be granted based only on the best interest of the child.


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Joint custody is a court order whereby custody of a child is awarded to both parties. In joint custody both parents are "custodial parents" and neither parent is a non-custodial parents, or in other words the child has two custodial parents.

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