Texas parents who are thinking about divorce may be interested to learn that many advocates are calling for parents to share custody of any children that resulted in the marriage. According to the report, the advocates assert that children best benefit from child custody agreements that give parents equal amounts of time with their children. Opponents, however, believe that judges need to determine custody agreements that are in the best interest of the couple’s children.
The founder of the National Parents Organization gave three reasons for why shared custody is a beneficial trend for divorcing couples. First, gender roles are changing, and women are no longer necessarily the caretaker. Second, more couples support the idea of shared custody for the sake of their children. Finally, custodial parents have been given more power than the non-custodial parent in the past three decades.
Advocates for shared parent do acknowledge that shared parenting will not work in all situations. However, they believe that both parents should be encouraged to work out arrangements that allow them to have equal custody if possible. Not only does this foster healthy relationships between both parents and children, it may also lower the stakes and reduce potential arguments during the actual divorce process.
When a couple decides to divorce, the splitting of financial and physical assets may be difficult. However, child custody and visitation may be even more difficult and emotional. An attorney with experience in family law may be able to negotiate a child custody and visitation agreement that benefits everyone involved, including the needs of both parents and children.
Source: USA Today, “Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome“, Jonathan Ellis, January 27, 2014