Glossary of Legal Terms

50/50 Custody (or Equal Custody)

This is not a technical term. The term "custody" is no longer used in many areas, but parents may refer to a "50/50" or "equal custody" arrangement related to decision-making and physical custody. Most people stating "50/50" mean equal time (182.5 days per year). Professionals (for example, attorneys, custody evaluators, mediators, and judges) generally refer to this arrangement as "parental responsibility" or "decision making" and “visitation” or “shared physical custody.”