If you’re going through a divorce in the Naples, FL area, you’ve probably heard a lot of opinions about what kind of child custody is best. But it’s important to remember that experts agree that there isn’t a universally best option that is recommended for child custody arrangements, it all depends on family dynamics post-divorce. At The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, we understand that. We help you fight for the custody agreements that really work for you. That being said, the point of this article is simply to share what experts are saying about the benefits and detriments of joint custody in general, across a wide range of families studied. Whatever kind of custody you want to pursue, we are here to help you achieve your family’s best possible outcome.
What Types of Custody Does Florida Offer?
There are two forms of custody in Florida: Shared Parental Responsibility and Physical Custody. Shared Parental Responsibility means that each parent will have an equal say in the major decisions for the minor children. Physical custody refers to where children physical reside. In Florida, if parents share physical custody it falls under Shared Parental Responsibility and one parent is named the “Primary Residential Parent.”
What Makes Joint Custody Work or Not Work?
Physical custody refers to your child’s place of residence, and the everyday care of your child. CustodyXChange helps define joint physical custody (also called “shared physical custody” in Florida) as an agreement regarding a child spending “substantial time living with both parents and both parents have equal responsibility to physically care for your child.
Joint physical custody might seem like the ideal, but is it? Experts agree that promoting joint custody isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. If both parents are healthy and stable and want to provide loving homes for their children, joint physical custody works well. But if parents are not on good terms, and joint physical custody just means continuing to place children in the middle of a war zone, then joint physical custody can end up being unhealthy for children.
Psychology Today goes on to explain that many people assume that joint physical custody may seem like a fair middle ground, but that perspective can be “an illusion that keeps kids trapped in the middle.” Parents who want joint physical custody must try to work out how to be on agreeable terms with each other. Psychology Today states that judges identify joint physical custody as a “lousy compromise for children in high conflict divorces.”
What’s Best for Your Family?
Robert E. Emery Ph.D. points out that a “best and worst” conclusion regarding joint physical custody is commonly held by family psychologists. Most experts agree that joint physical custody is ideal, but only if the parents commit to making it work for their children. If you’re going through a divorce or adjusting your custody agreements in the Naples area, trusted family attorney Michael M. Raheb is here to help you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call us at 239-226-0888 or contact us online today!
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