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Is 50/50 child custody worth it for parents and children?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2021 | Child Custody |

The divorce rate for couples in California is high. Many former couples have children, which means there are custody matters to consider once the relationship is over. One option that’s available is 50/50 custody.

What is 50/50 custody?

50/50 custody is exactly what it sounds like: it’s child custody that involves children spending an equal amount of time with each parent. When this type of custody is accepted or ordered by the court, it means that both parents share joint physical custody of their children. Both equally make decisions that directly affect the child, such as where they attend school, what type of medical care they receive, and so forth.

When there is 50/50 custody, it splits up the child’s time so that they spend 182 or 183 nights with each parent in any given year.

What are the pros and cons of 50/50 custody?

Of course, there are both pros and cons to having 50/50 custody of your children. The pros include the following:

Both parents are involved: The children benefit as they have equal attention from both parents. They can continue having strong relationships with each parent and don’t have to worry about one being potentially far away and losing touch as a result.
Each parent gets a rest: 50/50 custody allows each parent to get a rest from their parenting duties while the other has their custody turn. It allows them to engage in other things while the kids spend time with the other parent.
It doubles household resources: Kids can benefit from having double household resources while living in two different homes. One parent may even have something a child needs that the other doesn’t.
Better living standards: A child’s living standards are improved from 50/50 custody. Both parents are more likely to work full-time.

The cons of 50/50 custody include the following:

Can be difficult: 50/50 custody can be difficult to maintain if the parents live far away from one another.
Not practical for very young children: A 50/50 custody situation is not the most practical for very young children, who benefit more from greater stability.

50/50 custody often benefits all parties, but it’s important to ensure that it’s the best child custody option for you, your ex, and your children. An attorney may be able to provide advice as to whether this parenting plan is appropriate.