What Are The Benefits of Shared Custody?

Both parents have significant roles to play in their children’s lives therefore modern-day child custody cases require both parents to take part in a child’s life.  For this reason, child custody cases are more likely to work, as both parents will be motivated to ensure that the best environment and opportunities are provided to the children.

The conventional model of child custody was when the mother would have sole custody of the child/children, and the father would be granted visitation together with his required maintenance.  To the benefit of all, especially the child/children, this model of child custody has changed.   Child custody attorneys and government at large encourages parents to adopt a shared custody approach. Most parents are starting to adopt this model as it is a win-win approach for the parents as well as for the child/children.

Advantages of Shared Custody:

In cases of shared custody, both parents play a larger role in the lives of the children which is the most beneficial for children.  Emotional bonding and attachment between the children and each of the parents are reinforced and this will benefit more emotionally as the children will feel adequately loved by both parents.

A single parent does not have to face the brunt of parental responsibility alone in cases of shared custody. Relieving the pressure that is normally felt by single parents, both parents have to assume the responsibility of looking after, feeding and supporting the children.

As a result of children being provided with two strong family-based homes, they can feel comfortable in both environments and can, therefore, concentrate on both extramural activities and school tasks.

Diminished animosity is obtained as shared custody requires more cooperation between parents often resulting in parents working together better to ensure a smooth schedule for the children.

Separated parents in South Africa are adopting and realizing that the shared custody approach to child custody is the best route for both parents and children. With this approach, children will be ensured a protective and loving environment by both parents.

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