There are several possible ways to divide the child’s time among the parents. The type of child custody to choose depends on the following criteria:
- Temperament of the child
- Length of each period of custody
- Disruptive influences created by alternating custody
- Geographical distance the child must travel
- Parents’ attitudes toward each other.
The court will traditionally look out for the best interest of the child. In the time sharing arrangement, the child will spend a block of time with each parent. If one parent has custody in his or her residence, the other will generally have access similar to visitation, so that you can see your child even though one parent has sole custody.
What happens in joint custody if both parents are in different states?
Some parents split a year—six months each. More common however is that the parents split custody around the school year, 9 months with one and 3 months with the other.
What about alternating schools in child custody?
Some courts shy away from granting this because they believe that a child knowing that he will alternate schools will be less likely to establish strong friendships with other children, to participate in school activities and sports, and to gain a meaningful and useful education.
With younger children, such as those under 6 years of age, alternating nights, weeks or months may not be in the best interest of the child.
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