Joint or Shared? They sort of sound the same, but there is an acute but easily misunderstood distinction between the two. The LegalMatch law Library has an in-depth article titled Shared Custody vs Joint Custody that explains the difference.
in a nutshell, though, the distinction lies in these two points of view:
- Shared custody means each parent receives roughly equal amounts of time spent with the child.
- Joint custody focuses more on the tasks and responsibilities of each parent.
LegalMatch Legal Writer Jessica Tran does a great job at explaining these differences in an easy to grasp manner. Check it out.