When you have a joint custody order, your arrangements may be different from any other type of order. Parents will typically have to agree upon a physical custody schedule based on their work requirements, housing arrangements, and the children’s needs. If the parents can’t agree on a schedule that works for them, then the court will provide one to them. In some cases, the arrangements will entitle one parent to have greater physical custody, and in other cases they may involve alternating schedules. Joint custody is a reasonable schedule for many parents because it allows them to interact on many subjects but still be able to give one parent time with the child on their given schedule.
Pros and Cons
There are many pros to joint custody, such as the children living with both parents on a regular basis. Both parents will be established as equals and enjoy the same amount of parenting time in these cases. They may be able to spend more time with friends, relatives, and siblings through these orders.
However, there are also many challenges, or cons. For one, the children involved in a joint custody order will have to adjust to living in a new location as well as be able to constantly pack and move from one home to another. This can make things hard on a child who is already dealing with the stress of a divorce. Many people, including parents and judges, believe that shared parenting is very difficult to pull off, but it is certainly not impossible.
Joint custody can be difficult and also feel like an inconvenience at times. This is why it is vital to speak to an attorney who understands how joint custody works and find out how we can help you through the entire process. Call us today at The Law Offices of Amy M. Montes today.