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What are the benefits of a joint custody arrangement?

There are many different types of families in today's world. Some children live with their grandparents, some have one parent at home and others are raised by brothers and sisters. For those thinking of separating, it is likely a concern how the change in the living situation may affect the child. Many parents successfully co-parent from separate households with a joint custody child custody arrangement.

Joint custody arrangements can be very favorable to children whose parents are in a good place emotionally and financially. If a child has a good relationship with both parents, there is no reason that they both can't continue to parent successfully, even if their relationship is coming to an end. In a joint custody arrangement, parents share physical and legal custody of a child in a way that meets their specific situation the best. Naturally, this isn't always split equally, but it can be very close to a 50-50 ratio.

It can be in the best interests of the child to have both parents present in their life and in their upbringing. Positive parent-child relationships are extremely beneficial for a child's development. It can also really help the child if the parents can stay amicable and respectful even if they aren't seeing eye-to-eye on every last detail.

Although joint custody situations can be ideal, they aren't best for every family. Sometimes parents are not in a correct state of mind to be handling parenting responsibilities. In some situations, parents may be downright harmful to a child's health and development. Every situation is different when it comes to deciding on a custody situation that works best.

Source: family.findlaw.com, "Joint Custody," Accessed April 3, 2017

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