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Is Shared Parental Access for You?

Is Shared Parental Access for You?

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 your children.

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.

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