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Shared parenting

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Can children live with both parents ("shared residence")?

Shared residence is where the child lives with both parents, whether that is arranged by way of court order or through agreement between the parents.

Shared residence does not have to mean that the child spends strictly equal amounts of time with both parents. The court can order shared residence within a child arrangements order in the right circumstances to reassure both parents that the law sees them as equals, to show that neither parent is in control or to prevent one from marginalising the other.

Shared residence has certain legal implications, but in practice it will probably not make much of a difference to the actual day to day arrangements, especially where, as will usually be the case, both parents have parental responsibility.

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