Shared physical child custody arrangements can be an excellent situation for the parents and the children alike. For one, the arrangements will benefit the children because they’ll get to spend more time with both their mothers and their fathers on a weekly basis. Secondly, the parents will both be given a certain amount of break time to themselves when the children are with the other parent.
That said, you will want to consider a lot of different factors in order to ensure that your shared custody plan serves the best interests of your child. Here are two things to think about in this regard:
What is the age and temperament of your child? Certain children may be too sensitive to leave one parent for half the week, change homes and have so much flexibility during the week. In some cases, a child might be too young for these kinds of transitions. In other cases, the child may have individualized emotional needs that won’t be readily met with this kind of schedule. Perhaps, it’s simply a matter of waiting until the child is a little older and more mature to divide his or her time between mom and dad.
The special needs of your child: If your child has a disability or has some other kind of special need relating to his schedule or the way you and your spouse need to take care of him or her. For a special needs child, the house-swapping arrangement could simply be too difficult to do.
If you’re setting up shared parenting arrangements relating to a recent divorce, you might want to look at all the different options available to parents who are sharing time between their children. You might just find an arrangement that perfectly suits your and your children’s needs.
Source: CustodyXchange, “13 Factors to Consider When Creating a Schedule,” accessed Jan. 26, 2018