Child Joint Custody Child Custody is a very serious and sensitive issue most especially among divorced couples. The custody of the child is decided through a family court by a couple undergoing divorce. The court would aim to decide which scenario would be best for the child while ensuring legal rights would be retained for one parent. The court would look at every aspect and analyze each one in able to find the perfect scenario which would be best for the child. The outcome will ultimately decide who will be legally accountable for the upbringing and care of the child. Several factors should be considered regarding the court’s decision on choosing the custodial parent for the child. Among these factors are the parent’s ability provide an environment conducive for the positive upbringing, ability to care for the child, and financial status – employment, lifestyle, and the ability to provide the needs of the child adequately. The child’s future, for better or for worse, lies on the hands of the one who he or she will end up with. However, there is a certain court order in which the child custody is awarded to both parties. Both parents are custodial parents in child joint custody, which means the child has two custodial parents; neither one parent is noncustodial. This is what the court would order when they find both parents suitable; in fact, child joint custody seems a lot better than having just one custodial parent. After all, this does not compromise the legal rights of each parent and the child would not have to suffer by having just one legal custodian. Child Joint custody has two recognized forms: Joint legal custody and joint physical custody. In joint physical custody, both parents have equal share on the time spent with their child in terms of residential abode. The court would order a fair and equal custody schedule to both of the child’s parents. This does not mean, however, that the child should spend equal time between homes pertaining to either any of his or her custodian parents. This does mean, however, that the child will have two primary residences. There is no “visitation” period since the child basically lives in both homes and the responsibility for his welfare and upbringing is shared between his or her custodian parents. In joint legal custody, however, one parent assumes the custodial role – although both parents share the same equal rights regarding decision making regarding various area which are concerned about the welfare of the child. In this case, the child lives with one parent but the other parent has visitation privileges and must be consulted on all legal decisions which concern the child. This is appropriate for divorced couples who still harbor some conflict but wants to retain legal control. One parent assumes a leading role on minor decision making, which does not necessarily need to seek the consultation of the other parent, which affects the welfare of the child without subject him or her to unnecessary conflict.