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Shared Custody in Iowa – Will it Work?

Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Gilbert R. Caldwell III

 

Q.        My ex-husband-to-be and I are considering shared custody.  What are the pros and cons?  Will it work with our family situation?

 

A.        The fact that you both are considering this option for a co-parenting arrangement is a good sign.  This is not the arrangement for parties in extreme conflict or an abusive domestic relationship.

 

            Also consider the information available on the age appropriate schedule for the child or children based on the age of the child or children.

 

            It will be better for your child if you are living in close proximity to the other party so the child or children can continue to attend the same school and can maintain the same friendships as before the divorce.

 

            It is also important to consider whether one party is likely to relocate geographically then this may not be an appropriate co-parenting relationship to begin and then terminate abruptly.

 

            The courts look with favor on shared co-parenting arrangements because they maximize the child’s or childrens’ contact with both parents.  However, you should discuss these factors and others with an attorney to determine whether this arrangement will work for your family.

 

Shared custody presents unique difficulties and dangers in a dissolution of marriage.  Parties should consider a variety of factors when considering this option in their divorce.

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