A recent study looked into the child custody arrangements of a group of divorced Australian parents. The findings of the study may not entirely resonate with parents in Massachusetts, but they do offer insight into methods of creating child custody arrangements.
When couples go through a divorce, much time is often spent determining how property will be divided and how child custody will be arranged. Each parent may be very concerned about getting to spend enough time with their children. While some children with divorced parents may primarily live with one parent and spend every other weekend with the other parent, other couples may aim for equal division of custody.
Many Massachusetts residents likely understand first-hand just how frustrating child custody arrangements can be. Each parent likely wants to spend time with their child and if the parents do not live near each other this can be quite difficult. One father understands quite well what it is like to not get to see his one's child for a significant period of time due to a custody issue.
When parents divorce, agreeing on a child custody arrangement may be the most challenging part of finalizing the split. Families who have worked through this process understand quite well the hardships that come along with child custody arrangements.
Child custody determinations involve so much more than determining what percentage of time each parent will have in a shared-custody situation. The details become vitally important: will the children travel back and forth during the year, will they spend summers with one parent, will there be a two-week share schedule or a one?