Every family is different, so it is important to understand that there
is no one-size-fits-all custody agreement when it comes co-parenting.
That being said, many parents choose to share parental duties through
a shared access agreement. While these agreements can be great for parents
who are able to get along, there are definitely situations in which a
shared parental access agreement simply will not work. Read more about
this type of parenting agreement to find out if it could benefit you and
Shared parental access means that both parents share custody of their child.
This can work out in many ways, but usually means the children move back
and forth between the homes of each parent. Perhaps living with one parent
one week and the other parent on the next, or with one parent on weekdays
and the other parent on the weekends.
Nowadays, courts are less inclined to grant these types of agreements because
studies show that it can create an unstable environment for children.
That being said, there are many situations in which a shared custody agreement
is more beneficial for the children. If you and your co-parent have demanding
work schedules, sharing parental access could be in the child’s
best interest, that way you can work around one another. On the other
hand, if you and your co-parent live far away from one another moving
your children back and forth regularly could make school, sports, and
other daily activities very difficult for you and your children.
The relationship between you and your co-parent also has a lot to do with
what parenting plan would work best for you. While it is important to
put your differences aside for the sake of your child, that is easier
said than done. If you and your co-parent are able to discuss your children’s
welfare without argument, co-parenting could be very doable. If you are
not able to get along, or if your children’s other parent is contentious
or abusive, a shared parental access plan is likely not in your best interest.
Again, every family is different, and finding the right parenting plan
for you and your children can be challenging. If you have questions about
shared parental access or need legal help regarding child custody, our
firm can help. We can work with you, assessing your situation and creating
a plan to help you and your family reach an understanding that aligns
with your goals and benefits your children.
Contact Goldblatt, Marquette & Rashba, P.C. today to discuss your case with our family law attorneys in Hamden.