Joint custody has largely gotten touted over the years for its numerous helpful benefits for children of divorce. Studies across the board show that it helps with various things like the development of healthy coping mechanisms.
But does this option suit every family well? Or would some families be better off choosing something else?
Necessary levels of cooperation
Psychology Today brings attention to the numerous benefits associated with joint custody. However, these benefits often depend on several factors. It starts with how well parents can get along after the split.
Of course, it is not required for a divorced couple to become best friends in order for joint custody to work out. However, there is a necessary level of cooperation, communication, trust and honesty that needs to happen. This simply is not possible for some divorcees.
Serving the child’s best interest
After that, it is important for both parents to act in the child’s best interest. Needless to say, if one parent currently faces accusations of neglect or abuse, they should not be left alone with the child until the matter gets resolved. A parent who also does not want involvement in their child’s life should not be forced to have it, as the child can usually tell and this can do more harm than good.
Finally, the parents should have equal access to the child. This is not the case if a parent is serving as active duty military, or if they face time in jail.
If any of the above situations apply, a family may benefit more from another form of custody instead.