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Is joint custody the best arrangement for children and parents?

On Behalf of | Mar 19, 2021 | Child Custody

For parents in California, a marital breakup is often one of the most stressful experiences to go through in life. However, for children, a divorce is sometimes even more stressful and challenging. Numerous studies have shown that children benefit the most from having both parents. This is a big reason why shared parenting or a joint child custody arrangement may be the best arrangement for both children and parents. Here are a few more reasons why. 

Financial support 

Parents who have equal time with the children and are able to spend quality time with them are often more suited to support the children financially. Those who practice shared parenting will also have equal time to work and earn a living. Shared or joint custody also means that one parent is less likely to be responsible for all of the out-of-pocket expenses. 

Equal parenting time 

Parenting roles are more likely to be balanced in both households when the mother and father have equal time with their children. For example, prior to the divorce the mother may have been the nurturer while the father may have been a disciplinarian. In the post-divorce joint custody arrangement, both parents now have to fill all parenting roles, and this often encourages stronger individual bonds with the children. 

When divorced parents are able to co-parent and equally share time with the children, it often frees up both parents to be individually happy and healthy people and parents. Those in California who have questions about any aspect of child custody could gain clarity by consulting a legal representative. A seasoned attorney can help parents navigate confusing situations and find the arrangement that best fits their needs. 

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