In the recent past, more couples are coming up with split custody arrangements as part of their divorce agreement. While many people who are divorcing would prefer a full custody arrangement where they would be allowed to keep the children while the other spouse is allowed a regular visitation and is required to pay child support, more divorce courts are now strongly recommending that a split custody arrangement be made instead, for the well-being of the children. For the best arrangements for your children, it is best to consult a New York child custody attorney.
What is Split Custody?
Split custody, also known as rotating or divided custody, refers to an arrangement where a couple with more than one child divides the children among themselves. The children can then permanently stay with one parent or be rotated between them, spending equal amounts of time with each parent. The parents often in such an arrangement still share legal custody (the right to make decisions concerning the children) of all the children, and have physical custody of at least one child.
Benefits of Split Custody
Most states allow for such an arrangement and they are recommended by a number of experts as they are better for the child than having one parent disappear completely out of their life. The courts usually look at what will be in the best interests of the child while coming up with a custody arrangement for the parents. The amount of money to be contributed towards the support of the children is calculated taking into consideration the amount of income made by each. All this is regulated by state laws on custody.
Parents are usually allowed to come up with their own parenting schedule that determines how often and when each parent will have access to each child. Experts advise that very young children should not be kept away from either parent for too long a time and that is why with young children, split week arrangements are common. For older children who are getting busier in school, arrangements where the child stays with one parent for up to 2 weeks are permissible.
Consult a New York Child Custody Attorney
What to do with the children is one of the stickiest issues in divorce cases. It is advisable that you hire the services of a New York child custody attorney to help you convince the court to do what is in the best interest of the child. Contact Alatsas Law Firm today at (718)-233-2903 for a free consultation today.