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Joint custody: solution or illusion?
Am J Psychiatry 1979;136:1540-1544.
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Although the phrase "joint custody" is in popular use, the concept lacks standard definitin; parents who express interest in this form of disposition have widely differing objectives and expectations. The authors discuss the need for determining the primary objectives of the parties involved and for exploring the potential for achieving these through joint custody as well as through other alternatives. They examine the benefits of joint custody as well as the risks engendered by this type of arrangement and make a number of specific recommendations. They conclude that joint custody should be considered and explored, together with other available alternatives, and awarded only in appropriate cases.

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