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When is a 50-50 even split child custody not feasible?

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Family Law |

Child custody determinations can result in a wide range of possible outcomes. One of the common parenting outcomes in child custody cases is a 50-50 even split between parents.

However, this option is not always the most suitable arrangement under certain circumstances, which include but are not limited to the following:

Child’s age and needs

A child’s needs differ based on their age group and the unique circumstances surrounding their life. For instance, very young children or those with special needs may require a more consistent home environment than what a 50-50 custody arrangement can provide. Otherwise, it may affect their sense of security and stableness.

Geographic restrictions

If a child’s parents live far apart, it can be impractical for the child to split time evenly between two homes due to the challenges with school commutes and maintaining a stable routine. Pursuing this arrangement can result in the child being tired and stressed most of the time.

Incompatible work schedule

A shared custody arrangement must be compatible with both parents’ work schedules. If one or both parents have work schedules that are conflicting with a 50-50 custody arrangement, it might be difficult to implement such a plan. This could also result in a parent not spending time with their child during their turn of the custody arrangement due to work.

Safety concerns

If there are issues related to the safety or well-being of the child with one parent, an even split would not be in the child’s best interest. For instance, courts may prevent a 50-50 custody split due to past behavior of one parent, such as a history of domestic violence.

Finding the appropriate arrangement

Every family’s situation is unique and decisions about child custody are made based on what is in the best interest of the child, regardless of whether it is the court deciding or the parents establishing an agreement. The assistance of a compassionate and competent legal professional can benefit parents who are exploring the most suitable custody arrangement for them and their children.

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