As divorcing parents in California, you have options for how you want to handle child custody. Sole custody is no longer the most prominent method, but people still use it. Courts support joint custody, but it does not suit every situation. Which one will work for you? Today we will look at joint custody to determine its benefits and drawbacks. 

Courts tend to lean toward awarding joint custody these days for many reasons. Most of these reasons revolve around the child’s best interests. A court will put the child’s best interest above anything else. They pick the options that benefit the child the most. They examine aspects of both parents that affects the child’s growth. For example, they may look at: 

  • Your financial situation 
  • If you have a job 
  • If there is a history of domestic violence 
  • The area you intend to live in and how many opportunities it provides 

Sole custody is less efficient than joint custody on principle. You can provide less financial support even with child support payments. A child also gets less emotional support with only one parent to rely on. It can damage their bonds with the non-custodial parent as well. This can lead to behavioral issues as the child grows. 

Every family is different and gain different things from joint custody arrangements. What works for one may not work for all. To find which arrangement will work best for you, you must do research and thorough investigation. If you wish to read more about custody matters, follow the link above to our web page.