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What is a true shared custody arrangement?

When parents divorce with children, the children need a schedule when they will spend time with each parent.  Courts seem to be moving more towards a shared custody arrangement so that both parents can actively participate in the children's lives.  A true 50/50 custody schedule is when both parents have equal overnights in a two week period.  This schedule can take many forms, from alternating weeks, to alternating every two weekdays with a long weekend, to three set nights with one parent each week and alternating one night every other week. There are many different ways to arrange it so that each parent has seven nights in a two week period.  As in any custody case, it is whatever is in the best interest of the children.  When there is a true 50/50 custody schedule, the children are able to attend school in either parent's school district since there is no primary custodian, however, the parties have to decide or the court will decide which school district they will attend.  

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