50/50 Custody – Pros, Cons and Schedule Examples

By Joseph Dillon, Divorce Mediator
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When it comes to child custody and parenting arrangements, there are a number of choices available. One such option is 50-50 custody, an arrangement in which both parents share equal parenting time with their children. This can be favorable for everyone involved because each parent is allowed equitable time to bond and strengthen the relationship with their children, and it typically makes for a much easier transition.

Deciding whether 50/50 custody is right for you ultimately depends on the dynamics of your family, but here are a few pros and cons that may assist you in understanding how this arrangement works and how it could apply to your specific situation.

Will 50-50 Custody Work for Me?

There are a number of factors that go into determining which parenting schedule is the right fit. In order for 50/50 custody to be successful, both parents must be able to maintain a good level of communication with each other. Throughout your child’s life, you will have to discuss things like health, school, and social situations, so it’s imperative that you remain civil and respectful of one another. 50/50 custody also typically works best when both parents live within close proximity of one another; otherwise regular transport between homes may not be feasible.

Pros of 50/50 Custody

  • The child can continue to enjoy a close relationship with both parents.
  • Both parents are able to be consistently involved in their child’s life.
  • The child may feel more secure when they are loved and cared for equally by both parents.
  • The child may experience less guilt and fewer loyalty issues.
  • Parents are able to share responsibilities.

Cons of 50/50 Custody

  • The child has two separate homes instead of one primary residence.
  • Both parents must be able to get along civilly and discuss the child without conflict.
  • The child must be able to adapt and handle the challenges of frequent change.
  • Parents must to live relatively close to one other.
  • Both parents should be able to agree on parenting styles, and be able to raise the child in a uniform manner.

Examples of 50-50 Custody Schedules

Once you determine whether a shared custody arrangement would be right for your family, the next step is developing a schedule that meets everyone’s needs. Of course, each situation is different and what works for one family may not for another.

To help you begin discussions on what a joint custody schedule might look like, we’ve developed this expert guide.

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Obviously these are just guidelines and can be modified to suit the unique needs and schedules of your family. Mediation can help by assisting both parents to work together to reach a custody arrangement that everyone feels comfortable with, and one that will help everyone to move forward in a positive direction.

Are you a resident of New Jersey or Illinois? If so, we can help. Please call us at (877) 732-6682 to schedule an initial meeting for you and your spouse today.

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Joe Dillon oversees the firm’s practice areas of mediation and divorce financial analysis, and serves clients in both Illinois and New Jersey. Joe and the team at Equitable Mediation have the capabilities to address the unique needs of the “whole” client from a legal, financial and emotional perspective through it's inter-related practice areas of divorce mediation, divorce financial analysis and divorce recovery coaching. Joe is an avid traveler and enjoys volunteering his time helping homeless animals in both Chicago, IL and Princeton, NJ. He can be reached in NJ at (908) 864-2177 or in IL at (312) 583-7436. +Joseph Dillon | G+