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Questions to ask before agreeing to a 50-50 custody split

A 50-50 child custody split – in which the children live with one part half the time and the other parent the rest of the time – sounds like a great idea on the surface. However, this kind of child custody plan could come with a few challenges. Before parents agree to such arrangements, they might want to consider whether they're the best for the children.

If you can answer "yes" to the following question, then – yes – a 50-50 split might be the right match for you and your family.

  • Do you and the other parent live close enough to one another that child custody exchanges will be easy?
  • Do you and the other parent communicate well with one another without the risk of falling into an argument?
  • Is your child emotionally capable and mature enough to live between two homes?
  • Are both you and your ex willing to put the needs of your children first?
  • Do both you and your ex want to have a 50-50 custody split?

If you answered in the affirmative to all the questions above, then it's time to start considering how you and your ex will divide your time with your kids. There are many ways to organize a 50-50 physical custody division. Some parents do the every-other-week or every-other-two-weeks plan. Others opt for a 2-2-5-5-day arrangement, a 4-3-day arrangement or any number of an infinite number of ways to divide parenting time.

Ultimately, you will want the 50-50 child custody plan you choose to support the best interests of your children while fitting with the reality of you and your ex's weekly schedules.

Source: CustodyXChange, "50-50 Custody and Visitation Schedules," accessed June 01, 2018

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