Why Shared Custody May Not Work for Your Child

February 14, 2014

Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law, Newscasts

shared custodyShared custody is often thought of as the perfect solution to custody cases. Equal time for both parents means no one is left out and the child has both parents in his life. Some parents are uncomfortable with shared custody because it means only seeing the child 50% of the . Courts make their decisions based on what is best for the child, not based on what the parents are happiest with.

While shared custody is sometimes a good solution, there are situations in which shared custody may not be what is best for your child.

  • Physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. Children with special needs often do best with a solid routine and moving between two homes can be very disruptive in some instances. If you have a child that would be adversely affected by a shared custody arrangement, be sure to discuss this with your attorney.
  • Incompatible work schedules. While shared parenting can be wonderful, if one parent is always at work during his or her scheduled time and the child is with a sitter, this can prove to be disruptive and detrimental to the child. Courts generally prefer a child to be with a parent than a sitter when that is an option.
  • Long commutes. If you have a school age child and you and your ex live in different school districts, a shared parenting plan will likely mean your child will be traveling a long time to get to school while with one of you. This can be tiring and make it difficult for your child to get homework done, participate in extracurricular activities, and spend time with friends.
  • Teenagers. Teens often have very strong preferences for where they want to live. Creating a schedule that does not take a teen’s preferences into account is likely to create much family turmoil.

DeTorres & DeGeorge represents families in divorce and custody cases in New Jersey. Your future is our focus.

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