Joint custody has been replaced in the Ohio and New York Revised Code with the term “shared parenting.” Parents awarded shared parenting duties enjoy equal legal rights in dealing with their children and, unless their shared parenting plan provides otherwise, equal decision-making authority as to vital areas of a child’s development.

One parent becomes the sole residential parent and legal custodian, the other a “shared parent.” The former has sole decision-making authority and the latter shares that authority. Shared parenting may be requested by either party or may be requested jointly.