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Using a 50/50 custody plan after a divorce may cause challenges

On Behalf of | Aug 14, 2023 | Divorce

If you’re getting a divorce in Indiana and have children, using a 50/50 custody plan is an option. While some types of joint custody arrangements can be positive for your children, the 50/50 plan has a few drawbacks. Considering them is worthwhile before choosing this plan.

Unequal parenting ability

While courts may believe that you and your ex have an equal ability to parent your children correctly, this may not be the case. If you have different personalities, you may have better parenting abilities and know the best way to care for your children. Using a 50/50 custody plan would not be optimal in this situation.

Using fairness may not be appropriate

Using a 50/50 custody plan may seem fair to handle the split. Unfortunately, this plan may not work well for your children psychologically. If a child has a stronger emotional attachment to you or your ex, they may feel guilty and want to live with them full-time. This feeling can affect your child negatively.

Becomes difficult logistically

Attempting to split custody arrangements may be challenging to continue logistically. The drive back and forth may become tedious if you live far apart. Also, it can require strict scheduling, which becomes difficult if a child is involved in after-school sports. Children living in two households may feel scattered as they don’t have one place to call home. Without a solid base, it can lead to anxiety and depression.

Refuse to change custody arrangements

Another problem with 50/50 custody plans occurs when things aren’t working out and the court refuses to change the custody arrangements. Getting stuck with an inadequate custody plan after a divorce can lead to emotional problems with your children.

Examining the pros and cons of custody plans can be critical when getting divorced. Choosing the right plan for your kids can instill a healthy environment.