Is Joint Custody Right for Everyone?

As Tennessee parents who are looking to split up, you are going to have to deal with child custody matters. Though joint custody is a popular option these days, we at Peterson White will explain how it might not necessarily work well for every family.

There are some situations in which joint custody can be more of a hindrance than a help to your child. Usually, the deciding factors involve the parenting capabilities of the other spouse. For example, if one parent has a history of documented domestic abuse against either their children or spouse, the courts will likely see them as a liability in their overall goal of serving in your child’s best interest. It is extremely unlikely for such spouses to be awarded sole custody, and highly unlikely for courts to think joint custody is a wise option.

Sometimes, joint custody may not be suitable simply due to the living or working situation of one spouse. A typical example involves parents who are active in the military. As they may be deployed anywhere with very little warning and don’t have much stability in their home lives because of that, a court may view this situation as too hectic for a child and decide to award sole custody to the parent that is not active military.

Of course, joint custody is not the only option available to you. Sole custody with a customized visitation schedule may be the better option. You can take a look at our web page on joint custody options in family law, linked here, if you are interested in learning more.