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How exactly does shared custody work? Does the child end up being like that kid from Jacqueline Wilson’s “The Suitcase Kid”?

How exactly does shared custody work? Does the child end up being like that kid from Jacqueline Wilson’s “The Suitcase Kid”?

The child certainly can be like the child (Andrea) from Jacqueline Wilson’s “The Suitcase Kid,” if under a shared parenting arrangement 1) the child divides his/her time living with both the father and mother and 2) each parent wants the child to live only with him/her and tries to persuade the child to do so.

But shared custody (also known as joint custody or—when the child spends equal time with both parents—joint equal or 50/50 custody) does not inexorably condemn the child to have a “Suitcase Kid” experience, as long as the parents place the happiness and mental and emotional health of the child above the parents’ respective self-interest. Treat your child the way you would want to be treated, were you in the child’s shoes!

It’s not popular these days to state what we all know: the best thing a fit parent can do for a child is to rear that child in a family in which that parent is married happily to the child’s other parent. Short of that, the next best thing a fit parent can do for a child is to ensure the child is reared as much as possible by both parents. Children of fit parents love both parents and want to be loved and cared for by both parents as much as possible (duh). Do it for them! They deserve it. It’s the least that divorced or separated parents can do for their children.

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Do parents who share joint equal custody pay child support?

Do parents who share joint equal physical custody of their children pay child support?

If my spouse and I were to agree to share joint equal physical custody (50-50) of our child or children, would one of us still end up being ordered to pay child support to the other? If so, why? And how?

This is a good question and a question that many parents ask.

Some believe that if child custody is equally awarded to/shared between the parents, so that the children spend as many overnights with one parent as they do with the other, that neither parent pays the other child support. This is not true.

In a nutshell, whether a joint equal physical custody parent pays child support is not determined solely by the number of overnights the children have with that parent but by each parent’s income.

In a nutshell, the amount of child support a parent who shares joint equal physical custody of their children is not determined solely by the number of overnights the children have with that parent but by a combination of overnights with each parent and analysis of each parent’s income.

Generally speaking, unless the parents agree to a different arrangement and the court approves that arrangement, if one of the two joint equal custodial parents earns more than the other, that parent will end up paying some child support.

Every state in U.S. has child support calculation guidelines and formulae to determine which parent pays child support and how much child support that parent will pay.

Legislation, regulations, and caselaw governing child support policy and calculation change, so be sure you know both A) what your jurisdiction’s current child support guidelines are and B) how to use apply them correctly and accurately when calculating child support.

This July 10, 2020 article from the National Conference of State Legislatures [click the link to access the article] provides a list of links to the child support calculation guidelines for every state and Washington D.C. in the U.S., as well as the Guan and Virgin Islands territories.

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What are the odds of a ballot measure for 50/50 custody?

What are the chances of a ballot measure in CA for a rebuttable presumption that child custody should be 50/50 if both parents wish at least 50%?

Slim.

This isn’t important to enough people to get it on the ballot, and even if it were, the culture isn’t ready to make a presumption of 50/50 custody law.

The day when the presumption will be 50/50 is coming, but not right now.

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