The term custody is generally used to determine which parent has control over decisions affecting your children. Joint custody generally means that both parents have control over decision-making while sole custody gives the decision-making ability to one parent.Parenting-Apart-DPLIC-300x300

“Primary residence” refers to the place where the children will reside on a day-to-day basis for school purposes, medical records, etc. “Shared parenting” is the term used when the children will spend about the same amount of time at each residence and neither parent has the “primary residence”.

The Parenting Plan that the two of you reach should include a provision identifying whether you will have joint legal custody or if one of you will be the sole custodian; which of you, if either, will provide the primary residence for the children; and how you will decide when each of you will spend time with the children in the future.

You can develop a flexible arrangement where the two of you agree to work out the specific times each of you will spend with your children on a day-to-day basis. Or, if you prefer, you can develop a detailed parenting schedule for each of you on a day-to-day basis including when each of you will spend time with the children on holidays, birthdays, vacations, and other special occasions.

Some parents also agree that each will receive copies of school reports, medical records, notices and other information concerning the children and may also want to decide in advance if the children will remain within a certain radius of their current residence or within a specific school district.