Shared custody has gained much acclaim over the years due to studies that have expressed the benefits it could have for children.
However, it is not a perfect fit for every family. In fact, in some families, shared custody might do more harm than good. Who should consider other methods of custody?
Parents who cannot cooperate
Talking Parents discusses who should avoid shared custody situations. Experts typically suggest that parents consider giving it a try if they have the ability to treat one another with respect, and can come to compromises together.
This does not mean parents need to become friends after the divorce. However, some people cannot even manage a basic level of tolerance due to their emotional state after the split. In these situations, joint custody simply may not be possible.
Parents who are not physically present
Next, parents who cannot physically spend time with their children may want to consider another form of custody. This includes parents who serve in the armed forces and face the possibility of relocation, as well as parents facing incarceration.
Parents with poor intentions
Of course, the intent of the parent toward the child also counts. Some parents simply do not want to play a role in their child’s life and forcing them to do so is counterproductive. In more extreme cases, if a parent currently faces allegations of abuse, neglect or violent crimes, they should not be left with their children until the matter goes to court.
In such situations, other options are available in lieu of shared custody which can allow for families to move forward.