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What’s the Difference Between Shared Custody and Split Custody?

what's the difference between shared custody and split custodyA lot of family law terms can be confusing, including the difference between “split custody” and “shared custody.”

Split Custody Definition

Under the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines, “split custody” is a situation in which the parents have more than one child in common and each parent is the custodial parent of at least one of the children.  An example of split custody is where one child primarily resides with the one parent and the other child primarily resides with the other parent.

Shared Custody Definition

“Shared physical custody” is when “the physical residence of the child is shared by the parents in a manner that ensures the child has substantially equal time and contact with both parents. An exactly equal sharing of physical care and control of the child is not required for a finding of shared physical custody.”

Please click here to learn more about how shared custody impacts child support.

Physical Custody

We have been discussing the difference between shared custody and split custody in the physical context.  Click here to learn more about the difference between physical custody and legal custody.

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Next Steps

For more common Connecticut divorce definitions, check out our article “Top 7 Legal Terms To Know & Understand During Divorce in Connecticut.”  Or, read our article “How to Develop a Great Parenting Plan.”

If you have questions or want to learn more about how parenting or child support might work in your specific situation, please contact us either here or by phone at 860-560-8160.

Written by Meghan Freed