When it comes to joining custody arrangements, parents must be able to effectively communicate and cooperate in order to make a shared decision regarding their children and their wellbeing. A joint custody arrangement might sound hard especially if the parents don’t like each other, but it can prove to be extremely beneficial for all the parties involved in the longer run.
Even if a joint custody wasn’t your top choice and you’re being forced to go along with it, there are certain unexpected advantages that you should consider:
· Shared responsibility
A joint custody means that apart from sharing the joys and challenges of raising a child, you even get the rights to be responsible for the child’s discipline. A half and half joint custody give you the opportunity to discuss and create certain boundaries for the child and enforce consequences if the boundaries are crossed. A shared approach to discipline the child can prove to be extremely helpful, especially as the child grows up and tries to test the boundaries in various ways.
· Joint custody makes it easier to look for new partners
A joint custody means that the parenting time is divided between the parents and a single parent doesn’t get burdened with all the responsibilities of the child. This means that when the child is with one parent, the other parent can have time to date without any restrictions such as getting home at a certain time or having to hire someone to take care of the child.
This is the most practical advantage of joint custody, as the parents also end up sharing all the costs associated with raising and taking care of their child’s wellbeing. This cost-sharing ensures that the expenses of the child are not a huge burden.
- Parents get time for themselves
Depending on the schedule, you have decided with your partner, you can plan things ahead of time without having to worry about taking care of your children.
- Parents get the freedom and time to focus on their education or career
A shared custody means you will have the time and energy that is required to flourish career-wise or complete your education. You can work late and increase your earning potential without having to worry about picking up the children from somewhere or finally get the time to pursue something you are passionate about. This can result in good dividends in the long run.
Even though you may not like the idea of a joint custody, being away from your kids helps you gain perspective and see the bigger pictures that the time your children are spending with their mother/father is actually good for their development, wellbeing and emotional health.