Dear JACUSTOMER - Equal time with each parent would require your son to move back and forth and lose his stability of having a home. I can't imagine that you or his father would want to move every other week or month so mist courts will not order such an arrangement. This may work with very small children but teenagers need a place to call home since they are not nomads or transients.
The court will listen to the wishes of your son as to where he wants to live and will make the final decision. You can have joint custody as to the various decision making regarding your son but to have him moving back and forth is probably not feasible.
You can file your answer and include your motion for joint custody all in one filing. The court will base its decision on the best interests of your son and on what he wants to do. Obviously school could be a problem as well if you and the father do not live close by.
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