Let’s face it – divorce isn’t all glitter and happy endings. This is especially true when children are involved. When a couple accepts that they are no longer in a healthy, active relationship, the most common issue a father has to deal with is the custody of the children.
Where will the children stay? How much time will the father be allowed to spend with them? While some couples are lucky to be able to agree on custodial terms, many families are faced with the hardships on where to stay and who to live with.
Here are 4 child custody options to consider after a divorce.
If there is more than one child, they will split up between parents and be given a schedule to access with the child that does not live with you. This option is only used when both parents agree that it is best for the children.
This happens when both parties get legal and/or physical custody for a certain number of years and switch. The non-custodial parent must maintain regular visits as they require ongoing relationships with both rather than one at a time.
This option is for parents who give someone else custody of the children. This is often the grandparents or siblings of either party. It is usually decided when the judge deems that both parents are incapable of taking care of the children or pose danger to the family.
Legal joint custody offers a 50/50 share for partnership. When couples split up, they often have trouble making appropriate custody arrangements and leave it to the judge to make the necessary decision. Most often, fathers are left with the short end of the stick.
In fact, 85% of cases allow mothers to gain sole custody of the children while fathers are allowed visitation rights to be used 1/5th of the child’s time. Unwed fathers guide!
Gaining custody of the children should not be used for pain or harm. Make sure it is given towards the love for your kids. The case for custody should always be based on what is best for the children and improve their life after the divorce.