If you are a Colorado parent facing a divorce, the welfare of your children after the divorce likely is one of your highest concerns. It also is likely one of your soon-to-be ex-spouse’s concerns, too. After all, both of you undoubtedly love your children and neither of you wants to become the traditional absentee parent, reduced to seeing your children every other weekend, alternating holidays, etc. The two of you may therefore wish to consider a post-divorce joint custody arrangement.
Gone are the days when a mom could rely on virtually always gaining custody of her children, especially if they were quite young at the time of her divorce. Joint custody has become the preferred option over the years, not only of parents, but also of child psychologists, family court judges and divorce attorneys. Unless some grievous condition exists in your marriage such as domestic or child abuse, most courts today feel that joint custody is in the best interests of the children.
Per a recent study, you can expect your children to receive the following benefits from joint custody as opposed to single-parent custody:
Lest you think that children are the only ones who benefit from joint custody, studies likewise show that parents benefit, too. For instance, sharing joint custody with your former spouse usually gives you the following benefits:
Your greatest benefit to joint custody, however, may be your satisfaction of watching your children grow up as secure and well-adjusted kids who know they are loved and valued by both of their parents.