After deciding that divorce is the right option, parents then have the duty of figuring out how you want to handle child custody. For some, a decision is made to enter into a joint custody agreement.
While joint custody has many benefits, it may not be the best fit for every parent. We will discuss the possible downsides of joint custody and warning signs to look out for.
Understanding joint custody
Joint custody is a form of child custody that involves both parents sharing responsibilities for their child. Both parents will have a say when it comes to important decisions about a child’s life and the child may move back and forth between both parents’ homes for periods of time. While this arrangement may sound ideal, it can have some drawbacks.
Media and various studies make it sound at times like joint custody is the best option for everyone across the board. That simply isn’t true. While there are certainly some benefits to joint custody in the right circumstances, not everyone has a family dynamic that is suited to a joint custodial arrangement.
For example, parents with high conflict or poor communication are not the most ideal candidates for joint custodial arrangements, because inherent in such arrangement is the ability of the parents to make decisions jointly. In any event, the Court will look at a wide range of factors and ultimately make a decision based on what is in the best interests of the child and what the Court believes serves that end goal.
What will work best for you?
If you are wondering whether a joint custody arrangement may work for you and your family, the first step is to research your options and weigh what is best for your particular situation and the needs of your child. At Frasier & Griffin, PLLC, our family law attorneys will help you navigate this process. Call us now at 919-680-4039 to schedule your first meeting with a lawyer.