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Why is joint custody often seen as the best option?

In the event of a divorce, when two people have a child together, they will have to address the issue of child custody. A discussion about who the child will live with and what parent is able to properly care for them may quickly escalate and become heated. Both parents may feel they are better equipped to care for the child, but there may be a custody arrangement that both may find themselves comfortable with. While one parent may strongly believe that it is best for the child to be cared for by them and that the other parent should only receive visitation, some parents see joint custody as the best option.

Joint custody means the parents make decisions together regarding their child and divide time, so they both have equal time to spend with their child. Even though physical custody may be awarded to one of the parents, the child is still the responsibility of both. In some cases, the child will go back and forth between homes so both parents can have a fair share in assisting with the child's daily care.

Joint custody may be seen as the best option because it allows children to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. Just because the parents have decided to end their marriage doesn't mean that the child should miss out on time with their parent, and if joint custody is awarded, they may not have to. Should one parent feel as though they are the better option, they may choose to ask for sole custody. Depending on whether or not the courts agree with them, they may be awarded sole custody.

Parents who are having a disagreement about child custody may wish to speak to an attorney. Parents can get emotional, and their judgment can become clouded, but if they work together, an arrangement may be found that will make the parents and the child happy. An attorney can help with your child custody case and help you and your child's other parent agree on a custody arrangement.

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