In these cases the children live with each of the parents equally, i.e. alternating weeks at each parent’s home. The day-to-day decisions are made by the parent with whom the children are residing with at the relevant time. The major decisions are made by the parents together.
Joint or shared custody will only work in those cases where the parents are able, and willing to set aside their own differences and work together in the children’s best interests.
A Court will generally only award joint or shared custody in those cases where there is some evidence that the parents are able to communicate effectively with one another.