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If divorcing, is it better to have joint custody?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Ho
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: Parenting

Is hard, because it is never easy for two people to agree on how best to raise children.
Add to this the emotions and hurt feelings linked to broken dreams of a divorce, joint custody can make parenting even harder. Every family is unique, but welfare of children must come first. It is not about fair division of custody, but what is best to prevent future problems. Family evaluation is helpful.

In brief: Parenting

Is hard, because it is never easy for two people to agree on how best to raise children.
Add to this the emotions and hurt feelings linked to broken dreams of a divorce, joint custody can make parenting even harder. Every family is unique, but welfare of children must come first. It is not about fair division of custody, but what is best to prevent future problems. Family evaluation is helpful.
Dr. Andrew Ho
Dr. Andrew Ho
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Assuming

If both parents are good with the children, and can work out a way of working with each other that puts the child's interest first, yes.
And this is the presumption courts generally make. Albert j. Solnit and his co-authors anna freud and joseph goldstein have written 3 books on the subject that are compassionate, psychologically deep and that have profoundly influenced law and public policy.

In brief: Assuming

If both parents are good with the children, and can work out a way of working with each other that puts the child's interest first, yes.
And this is the presumption courts generally make. Albert j. Solnit and his co-authors anna freud and joseph goldstein have written 3 books on the subject that are compassionate, psychologically deep and that have profoundly influenced law and public policy.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Critical qualifiers, Dr. Satinover! Thank you for emphasizing them.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Divorce

This isn't a medical question. Best to see your lawyer.

In brief: Divorce

This isn't a medical question. Best to see your lawyer.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Dr. Michael Dansie
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Dr. Andrew Ho
I strongly disagree that custody in divorce case is primarily a legal question. This is analogous to recommending someone see a lawyer to decide whether to get a dovorce. Lawyer can help explain the legal definitions and implications, but cannot tell you what is better. Parents have to decide -- and based on family evaluation, a professional recommendation can be given.
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