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Childcare responsibilities may play a role in custody decisions

Parents who are battling over child custody matters might find that they can't come to an agreement about how much time the children should have with each adult. This is one of the more difficult tasks that they have to work through because both parents want to have as much time as they can with the kids.

In every decision that's made regarding custody, the best interests of the children must be the priority. This often doesn't make the decision any easier because the time must still be split between the parents. For many parents, coming up with a schedule for the children is a joint effort that's handled through negotiations and compromises. Still, some might have to turn to the court.

If they petition the court, there are several things that the family law judge will look at to determine how to divide custody. One of these is how much of an involvement each parent has with the day-to-day rearing of the children. While this isn't the only thing, it can make a big difference.

Still, some argue that this gives the mother an unfair advantage since women typically manage more of the childcare duties. In today's society, this is not always the case since many women work outside of the home. This leaves room for more deviation from the child-rearing models that were used decades ago.

It behooves parents to consider how their children will fare with any custody schedule that's proposed. If you're in this position, work closely with your attorney to find out what options you have. Thinking about unusual schedules might be beneficial if traditional models aren't meeting the child's needs.

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