Alternating custody

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Alternating custody can have two different meanings. It is typically used when parents take turns having sole custody of a child based on a regular schedule, while the non-custodial parent has visitation rights. For example, the father may have sole custody on odd years while mother has sole custody on even years. Also called divided custody, this is a very rare type of child custody, typically utilized when the parents of a child live long distances away from each other.[1][2][3][4][5]

At other times, the term is used as a synonym for joint physical custody where the child lives approximately equal time with the two parent, with e.g. weekly or bi-weekly exchanges.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Nancy Gilsan Gourley, Joint custody: The best interest of the child, Tulsa Law Review, 1982, 18:159.
  2. ^ Mississippi law on custody and visitation, The Mississippi Bar
  3. ^ Ivette Alvarez, Sole Custody - Does It Still Exist?, New Jersey Divorce Source
  4. ^ Types of child custody in family law, Women's and Children's Law Center
  5. ^ Richard C. Guerriero, Louisiana's New Joint Custody Law, Louisiana Law Review, 1983, 43:759.
  6. ^ Understanding the difference between the types of child custody, Scott Law Group
  7. ^ Paul Wallin, 6 Ways to Split Child Custody Evenly, Wallin and Klarich Family Law Attorneys.