Shared parenting may be a concept that not a lot of New Jersey residents are familiar with. This is because in 80 percent of child custody cases, the mother is awarded physical custody of the child. This can hurt her chances of advancing in the workplace. It may also have negative consequences for both the father and the child.
A father who is only able to see his son or daughter every other weekend may experience may be sad to spend so little time with his children. Research has indicated that children do better when they are able to see their parents equally. This is generally true even if the child is still a baby or a toddler. Shared parenting has made it possible for more women in Canada to enter the workforce, and the concept is a familiar one to people in Sweden and other countries.
In the past year, Kentucky and Missouri passed legislation in support of shared parenting arrangements. Another 25 states are considering some form of legislation aimed at moving toward a shared parenting system. Perhaps the most important reason to support shared parenting is that it treats mothers and fathers equally and helps society move past old ways of thinking about gender roles.
Many judges prefer a joint custody arrangement as opposed to giving one parent sole custody regardless of how the parents feel about each other. Even if a parent is given sole custody, the noncustodial parent is often given visitation and other rights to a child. An attorney can often help negotiate a co-parenting plan that gives the noncustodial parent liberal access to the child.