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Why 50/50 child custody may not always be ideal

A 50/50 custody arrangement, where both parents have equal time with the children, is a popular option for separating or divorcing parents in California. However, it is important to understand that a 50/50 custody arrangement may not always be in everyone’s best interests.

Schedule challenges

While a 50/50 child custody arrangement may seem fair on paper, it can be difficult to implement in practice. The schedule may not take into account the individual needs of the children, such as their school schedule or extracurricular activities. Furthermore, parents may struggle to coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs, leading to added stress for everyone involved.

Dealing with distance

In some cases, a 50/50 custody arrangement may not be feasible due to the geographical distance between the parents. This can make it difficult for the children to spend equal time with both parents, causing them stress and discomfort.

Benefit of spending time with one parent

Moreover, some children may benefit from spending more time with one parent over the other, especially if one parent has a stronger bond with the child. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as the child’s age, personality or a history of abuse or neglect.

It is important to consider the best interests of the children above all else when making a custody decision. While a 50/50 custody arrangement may be appropriate in some cases, it may not always be the best option. In some situations, it may be more appropriate to grant primary custody to one parent while still allowing the other parent to have regular visitation.

Practical considerations are important when making a custody decision. Ultimately, the goal should be to ensure the well-being and happiness of the children.