Posted by Jemma Breban on 19th December 2011

One of the most difficult decisions facing parents with children is the division of responsibility and time with their children.

Dads in particular may be worried that the separation will have a negative impact on their parent-child relationship, and be eager to retain a strong positive parenting role in their children’s lives.

What is Shared Parenting?

The term ‘shared parenting’ (formerly joint custody) refers to a family arrangement following divorce or separation where both parents share responsibility for their child’s upbringing. Children spend substantial amounts of time living with each parent and child maintenance payments are reduced for each night of the week that the child stays with the non-resident parent. Putting together a shared parenting plan is an ideal way to agree arrangements between yourselves.

What Are The Advantages of Shared Parenting (Joint Custody)?

Research consistently finds that children are harmed when exposed to conflict between parents. For the benefit of your children and yourselves, it is important to maintain an amicable relationship with the other parent if possible, and not to argue or fight when picking up or dropping off your children. This can affect your children’s behaviour later on in life when they form their own, adult relationships.

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