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Is joint custody good for kids and moms?

| Apr 12, 2021 | Child Custody

There should be no winning when it comes to child custody — only doing what is best for the child. However, some people in Kentucky might still be holding on to the outdated view that mothers should always fight for primary custody, and that securing this arrangement means winning. In reality, joint custody is often better for both children and their mothers.

Is sole custody too much to ask?

For some families, awarding sole custody to the mother is the right solution. For many others though, sole custody puts a much greater burden on the parent with custody. The primary custodian is tasked with the brunt of child care, leaving little time to focus on things like building a career. This leaves many of the 16 million single moms in America without the ability to really focus on their own needs.

Moms who share joint custody tend to fare better, especially financially. A survey of nearly 2,300 single moms found that women who have 50-50 parenting schedules have a 54% greater likelihood of earning $100,000 or more compared to women who have their children with them most of the time. Moms who have joint custody also report:

  • Better co-parenting relationships with their exes
  • Less rage and anger overall
  • More time to focus on their careers

Custody agreements should always reflect what is in the child’s best interest. However, it is also important to consider how parents might also handle an arrangement. Kentucky parents who are interested in pursuing joint custody but are unsure of how to navigate a 50-50 parenting schedule might want to consider reaching out to an attorney who is knowledgeable in family law matters.