Is shared custody for everyone?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Friday, August 30, 2019.

As a Kansas parent who is getting a divorce, do you already know how you will be handling matters of child custody? You may have heard that shared custody is largely considered to be the better option, but are there any downsides? And what do you do if it simply isn’t the right choice for your family?

FindLaw examines some of the different custody options you have, including shared custody. Shared custody is largely lauded as being beneficial to the children of divorce. This is because studies have shown that children of shared custody tend to have fewer behavioral and emotional problems growing up.

However, shared custody is also not feasible in every situation. In fact, it may even be more damaging than sole custody for some. For example, if one spouse is abusive or neglectful, keeping that influence in your child’s life could negatively impact them.

Sometimes, shared custody isn’t a good choice simply due to a parent’s career. If one spouse is actively in the military, they will likely not be able to hold shared physical custody simply because they may not be at home for long periods of time. This can also be the case for parents who do a lot of international travel for their work.

Despite the proven benefits, shared custody is simply not for every situation and person. If you are curious about whether or not it’s a good fit for your family, you can contact an experienced family attorney who can carefully examine your situation and give their opinion.

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