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When should Connecticut parents avoid joint custody?

Many Connecticut parents agree to joint custody arrangements for their children. Often, these custody agreements involve the children living half the time with Parent A and half the time with Parent B. It's a good way for the kids spend the maximum time with both parents. In addition, joint custody provides some relief to the parents, giving both parents a break from their responsibilities each week.

Even though family psychologists tend to support these healthy parenting arrangements, there are some circumstances in which they can be disastrous. Here are a few situations when joint physical custody might not work that well:

Your child is uncomfortable. In order to feel emotionally comfortable, some children need to have a single steady home. If this is the case for your child, you might want to select one home in which your child can live.

You and your ex fight too much. You need to agree on a lot of different logistical matters to share the responsibility of rearing your child jointly with your ex. If you fight frequently, it could be a nightmare trying to agree on all the details.

Your homes are a long distance away. You might want to live as far away from your ex as possible, but living too far away could make child custody changes inconvenient and difficult for your schedules.

If joint physical custody isn't right for you and your spouse, our family law firm is available to consult with you about your options. Reach out to learn more about the different custody options that may be a better fit for your family.

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