When deciding the best custody solution, the most important factor to consider is what is best for the children in question. Sometimes, that means 50/50 shared custody, though that is not always the best solution.
It is important to understand when 50/50 custody is the right choice and when it is not.
The ages of the children matter
When determining the right custodial arrangement, the ages of the children factor into that decision. Younger children may struggle more with a 50/50 custody agreement because of the disruptions. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers thrive on routine and a 50/50 custody division could disrupt that routine. In these cases, it may work better to identify a primary custodial parent and encourage visitation.
The role of each parent contributes
The courts also consider the role that each parent plays in the children’s lives. For example, a parent who was largely absent from the children’s lives prior to the divorce is less likely to receive 50/50 custody than an actively involved parent.
The living situations of each parent affect custody
One thing that many parents forget about is the effect of their living arrangements on a custody determination. If you live in a one-bedroom apartment, for example, or you live hours away from the other parent, those types of situations make a 50/50 custody agreement challenging.
Consider your personal situation, discuss your children’s needs and preferences and decide if a 50/50 custody agreement is in the best interest of your children. Putting your children first ensures the best possible agreement.