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Examining the Pros and Cons of Joint
Physical Custody

Divorce involves the splitting of assets, deciding on the custody of children, and other legal
tussles on a number of issues. Couples hire divorce lawyers when they fail to agree on how to
split their assets and possessions equitably, along with deciding who gets custody of the
children after the divorce is finalized. Child custody rights take center stage in most divorce

cases, owing to the importance states give to the issue. It is ,however, difficult for the courts to
decide whether to grant sole or joint custody. Many divorce lawyers support joint physical
custody, as they believe that the presence of both parents is good for a healthy upbringing and
future of the child at the center of the dispute. The big question in such instances pertains to
the impact joint custody has on the feuding couple and the children. The blog discusses the
pros and cons of joint physical custody. Read on!

Pros
Ensures Parental Influence during Childhood
Children require love and care from both parents as they grow, mainly for their psychological
development. Divorce negatively impacts children psychologically, and if the court grants sole
custody, it deprives children of the love and care of the other parent. On the other hand, joint
custody allows them to grow with the influence of both parents.

Encourages Friendly Relations Between Parents
Joint custody grants equal decision-making rights to both parents. Meaning, they can decide
what is good for their child, together. Most couples are not on talking terms during divorce.
Working together for their child's welfare and future can get them on talking terms again and
help them develop friendly ties. The child can be a bridge, ensuring divorced parents put their
differences aside to work together for the betterment of their child.

Less Stress and Responsibility
Irrespective of the parent’s gender, sole custody can be stressful. In today's highly competitive
times, raising a child as a single parent is a big challenge. Joint custody can relieve parents of
the stress as they share responsibilities associated with raising their children. Important
decisions are no longer left to a single parent, and they can discuss every issue before arriving
at a decision.

Cons
Constant Moving Between Parents is Stressful
Physical joint custody gives both parents equal rights to live with the child.As parents no longer
share a home, it is the child that has to move from one home to the other. Regular movement
can be stressful to children as they require stability.

Fights and Quarrels over Decision Making Power
Joint custody gives equal decision-making powers, which may not work well for every divorced
couple. Divorced parents already have differences, and equal decision-making powers can
create a power struggle. This may lead to increased quarrels and fights, which is not good for
the child.

Child’s Needs are Not Met
Joint custody not only means equal decision-making powers, but also refers to equal
responsibilities towards the child. It is, therefore, the responsibility of both parents to cater to
every need of the child. Some parents tend to dwell on the equali decision-making element
while neglecting the equal responsibility part, which deprives the child of essential needs.

Bottom Line
Most couples seeking divorce find it hard to agree on how to split their assets and struggle even
harder to settle issues to do with child custody. Divorce attorney are well-placed to help such
couples resolve all issues, whether in the courts or through arbitration. If you need professional
help finalizing your divorce case, contact 123 Divorce Company for assistance. We are a
established divorce firm in Dallas, Texas, offering highly experienced divorce lawyers in Dallas.
Book a free consultation with our experienced divorce lawyers by filling out our contact form.
You can also call us at 214.599.9979.


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