Joint custody was first introduced when equal rights for men and women started to become a serious issue in the courts. Legally, joint custody means that each parent gets substantially equal access, authority, control, and responsibility for the children and assumes that each parent will share in raising the children. It is an arrangement that gives both parents substantially equal legal rights and responsibilities as to the care, custody, and responsibility for the children.
Joint custody is often implemented under conditions that have many of the hallmarks of sole custody. What is important is that parents are able to share in the amount of time spent with the children and retain shared control over the major decisions and obligations that affect their lives.
Example: The child lives with the mother through the week and with the father on weekends.Both parents share the right to take decisions about the child’s welfare.