What is the difference between joint and sole legal custody?

The difference between shared parental responsibility and sole parental responsibility is with shared parental responsibility, the decisions affecting the children such as education, religious upbringing, discipline and the like are shared by the parties. With sole parental responsibility, those kind of decisions are delegated to one party. Sole parental responsibility is only ordered if it can be specifically found that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the best interest of the children.

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Carolyn S. Zisser

Highly regarded in marital and family law, Carolyn S. Zisser is a well-respected lecturer and author on family law subjects for the American Bar Association, Florida Bar, Jacksonville Bar Association and private legal seminar companies.