Joint physical custody in Sweden

Each year, around 50.000 children in Sweden experience a separation between their parents. For most of these children, the psychical custody, i.e. with whom the child lives is with the mother, as in most countries in the Western world. However, during the last twenty years JPC or shared residential care, has increased.

About JPC

JPC refers to the practice where a child lives approximately equally much in the parent’s respective homes. In the mid 80’s only about two percent of children with divorced parents in Sweden lived in two homes, whereas in 2010 between 30-40 % of children with separated parents were in JPC. In Sweden, JPC has also increased for the youngest age groups and in 2010 the share of children aged 0-5 living in JPC was 27% in 2010 (SOU, 2011).

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