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The benefits of shared parenting for you and your child

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2024 | Family Law

During a custody battle, divorcing couples may want to gain an advantage over each other because they feel they need to get the lion’s share. As a result, they may end up in a bitter fight and use dirty tactics to win.

You may find yourself in a similar situation with your soon-to-be ex. They may bring up past episodes that put you in a bad light to prove that they are the better parent and, therefore, should get more custody.

Unless one parent presents a real danger to their child, divorce courts typically prefer that parents work together to raise their children. Ideally, you and the other parent should devise a parenting plan together and seek a judge’s approval. This is the best option, as you and the other parent know your children best, so you know what will work best for them. This is where a carefully crafted shared parenting plan may come in handy.

What is shared parenting?

Shared parenting is a custody agreement that gives your children maximum exposure to you and the other parent. It typically involves a schedule where they alternate living with each parent. The agreement discusses how you and the other parent will share parenting responsibilities and lays out the rules for co-parenting.

Courts usually prefer shared parenting, which may be the best option for the children. It gives both parents the chance to build a solid relationship with their children even after divorce.

Shared parenting benefits not only your children but also you.

How does it benefit your children?

It is natural for your children to want both parents present in their lives, even after their marriage ends. Maintaining regular contact with you and the other parent will give them a sense of normalcy and consistency, which is essential in ensuring their mental and emotional well-being.

How does it benefit you?

You and the other parent can use each other’s help to raise your children. Raising them alone may be challenging, especially since both of you must navigate the intricacies of your newly single lives. Shared parenting enables you and the other partner to have more or less equal responsibilities in raising your children.

Creating a shared parenting plan can be challenging. An experienced attorney can guide you through the process.