I am going to mediation unrepresented. My plan is to offer shared parenting time. I would like to continue to make the decisions for the child because the other parent doesn't believe our child should be in therapy when she has an anxiety disorder. I just want to make sure I don't sound stupid not having the legal terminology.
If you make the decisions re the child's education, healthcare, and religion, you have sole legal custody. If you share those 3 major decisions with the father, you and he have joint legal custody. Parenting time has nothing to do with custody. They are separate and distinct. Shared parenting time only means that he and you share in some fashion who has physical custody of the child at a given moment under some formalized schedule. Because you could settle all issues at mediation and enter into a final agreement on all the issues re your child AND property, you should consider having counsel at mediation because the terms of any mediated agreement will be in place for quite a while. Good luck
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