Most of the time, a Massachusetts custody battle “victory” has no real winners. While every divorce is different, an increasing number of family courts across the country are realizing that, when it comes to child custody, shared parenting is often the best for everyone involved. Of course, there are exceptions, such as cases involving domestic violence or abuse where joint custody isn’t an option as a matter of safety, but otherwise, shared parenting offers clear benefits for all parties.
Across the nation, sole custody is still awarded to mothers more than 80 percent of the time. While, to some, this may seem the most beneficial solution for the majority of those involved, in practice it is unfortunately less than ideal. Mothers soon find themselves exhausted and overburdened, attempting to balance childcare, homemaking and earning a decent income.
Fathers lose out as well, seeing their children only occasionally and being viewed mainly as a source of child support payments. Children are then often caught in the middle, with an exhausted mother on one side and a distant father on the other. One solution to this seems to be shared parenting, a flexible parenting arrangement has children spending near-equal time with each parent after divorce. This is an option designed to treat mothers and fathers more fairly.
Th mothers get the time needed to pursue careers, the fathers get more time with their kids, and the kids get to see both parents regularly. In fact, research overwhelmingly supports the fact that children typically want and need both parents in their lives. For a parent who is divorcing in Massachusetts and wants to continue to be the best parent he or she can be, a family law attorney can explain more details and benefits of evenly shared child custody and can help create a parenting schedule that works for everyone involved.
Source: aplus.com, “Women’s Equality Day: Shared Parenting Benefits Working Moms“, Kristen Paasch, Aug. 29, 2017