Can shared child custody work for California parents?

By |2022-03-31T19:01:09+00:0007 Feb 2014|Categories: Best Interests of the Child, Child Custody, Divorce, Joint Custody, Sole Custody|

Can shared child custody work for California parents?

Divorcing parents throughout the United States, including California, know firsthand how thorny child custody issues can be during divorce negotiations, especially when it comes to deciding whether to agree to sole custody or shared or joint custody.

Recently, lawmakers around the country have been looking more favorably on the possibility of making shared parenting a legally sanctioned default position after divorce. These advocates believe that shared child custody can be beneficial to both parents and their child, as long as all parties are agreeable to the arrangement. However, opponents of 50-50 child custody have maintained that judges should continue to be flexible when considering whether parents should split their time with their kids.

A few social changes are helping the idea along. First, a parent’s gender no longer dictates whether a divorced parent can look after his or her child. Now more men are assuming the role of caretaker. Second, polls show that a majority of Americans now favor 50-50 child custody. Third, more and more noncustodial parents feel that custodial parents have more rights than they do, fueling movements across the country to review and change some custody laws.

Both parents can play a crucial role in a child’s upbringing. Although divorce may mean the emotional separation of parents, it does not mean that the parent-child relationship should be compromised. Shared custody offers a way to avoid that. However, although it may seem ideal, a joint custody arrangement is not going to be right for everyone.

Courts award child custody based on several factors but ultimately make decisions with the best interests of the child in mind. If a parent feels that modification of child custody is necessary, then he or she should consider consulting a family law attorney. Unless the other parent poses some harm to the child, the benefits of shared child custody should be considered in any event.

Source: USA Today, “Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome,” Jonathan Ellis, Jan. 27, 2014

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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