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Legal Information: Maryland


August 14, 2019

What is joint custody?

Joint custody is actually broken down into 3 categories:

Joint Legal Custody- The parents share care and control of the child’s upbringing, but the child has only one primary residence.

Shared Physical Custody- The child has two homes, but spends at least 35% of their time with the each parent.

Your Own Custody agreement that is a combination of the Joint Legal Custody and Shared Physical Custody. Example: The child has one home and the parents live there on a rotating basis.