New York parents often work together to raise their child even after divorce. Studies have stated for years that joint custody is most beneficial to children. But is it going to work for your family or unique situation? Today we will take a look at the answer to that question.
VeryWell Family examines some of the benefits of joint custody. First, joint custody can help your child. The primary benefits all revolve around making their lives easier in the aftermath. Courts will look at:
- How well a parent can support their child
- The opportunities the child has
- If they have to uproot their lives in a sole custody situation
- The financial situation of both parents
- The family history between all parties
Courts will go with joint custody in many situations. It gives a child two pillars of support to lean on. With this sturdier foundation, it improves their home lives.
Joint custody will likely work for you if you and your spouse can see eye to eye on important topics. Are you able to compromise? Can you have conversations that do not devolve into arguments? These are all good signs that joint custody is a viable option.
Of course, it does not work for everyone. For example, if a spouse is not physically present, joint physical custody will not work out. This can include parents who are active duty military members or who are in jail. If a parent has a history of domestic violence or abuse, the court will also likely not go with joint custody. The parent is a liability for the child and a detriment to their well-being.