Custody Guidelines

What are your views on equal parenting?

Here are my general beliefs about shared custody: 1) children should not be away from their primary caregiver for more than one day for each year of age. For example, a 3 year old child will usually be distressed by being away from their parent for more than 3 days at a time; therefore, a week on/week off custody schedule is not advisable. My opinion on this point was influenced by the work of Joan Kelly, PhD. 2) It is generally best for children to have time with both parents, as long as both parents are functioning reasonable well. This means both parents are free of addiction, untreated mental health problems, and abusive patterns. If this is not the case, I think that parenting time should be limited until the parent with the problem address their issues. 3) There is no “one size fits all” model for custody, and I think each case should be evaluated individually. Assuming that all children should have 50/50 custody is a bias in itself. I do think it’s good, however, to reference general guidelines when creating a customized custody plan. Here’s one of my favorites: http://www.azcourts.gov/…/parentingtime/ppwguidelines.pdf

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