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Will joint custody be the new standard in divorce?

When a couple with children in the San Antonio area decides to divorce they have a lot of things that need to be resolved, not the least of which is determining child custody and support. Most parents would agree that the best interest of the child is paramount in their decision, but deciding what is best for a child may not always be something an estranged couple can agree on.

Different states have different laws and practices when it comes to child custody, including many regulations that award the custody of a child to a single parent, while giving the other parent visitation rights. However, a new group of advocates is pushing for joint parenting in most divorce situations, the exception being in cases where abuse has occurred. These so-called advocates are calling for lawmakers to examine these policies more closely because shared parenting is in the best interest of the child.

It appears lawmakers around the country are starting to listen. Officials in several states have recently begun to examine their state’s child custody laws in an effort to make sure that children’s interests are protected in a divorce. These so-called advocates point to several recent societal trends as their reasoning for pushing more shared parenting after divorce.

There is no question that children’s needs should be put first in a divorce. More and more this means that children should be able to spend equal time with two loving and caring parents. However, child custody battles don’t always play out that way. If you are facing a child custody issue of any kind then you’re next move might be to contact a child custody lawyer as soon as you can.

 

Source: USA Today, “Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome,” Jonathan Ellis, Jan. 27, 2014

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