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Is joint legal custody a better solution?

Joint legal custody may have some advantages over sole legal custody. This arrangement encourages the children to remain involved with both parents, which will hopefully establish a healthy relationship with each parent. Joint legal custody may lessen the trauma of separation that children suffer from during and after divorce. Joint physical custody, while not the same, is at least an attempt to preserve the intact nuclear family that was present before the divorce.

Joint legal custody allows the non-custodial parent to have input on important decisions regarding the children. The goal is for a custodial parent to have a better relationship with the non-custodial parent which will enable each of them to rely on one another as the children grow up.