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Common misconceptions about custody cases

On Behalf of | May 9, 2024 | Child Custody

Child custody cases are often emotionally charged and difficult for everyone involved. It is important to have a clear understanding of the facts and to dispel any myths that may cloud your judgment or create unrealistic expectations.

There are several misconceptions that could affect your perspective.

Myth 1: courts always favor mothers

One of the most widespread misconceptions about child custody cases is that courts favor mothers over fathers. Courts make decisions based on the best interests of the child, regardless of the parent’s gender. Factors such as each parent’s ability to provide a stable home environment, their relationship with the child and their willingness to encourage a healthy relationship between the child and the other parent all factor into the decision.

Myth 2: children get to choose which parent they live with

Another common myth is that children have the final say in deciding which parent they want to live with. While a judge might consider a child’s preferences, especially if they are older, the court makes the decision based on what is in the child’s best interests. Factors such as the child’s age, maturity level and the reasons behind their preference are all taken into account.

Myth 3: joint custody means equal time with each parent

Many people believe that joint custody means a 50/50 split in parenting time. However, joint custody refers to both parents having legal decision-making authority and does not dictate the amount of time the child spends with each parent. The court will determine a parenting plan that best suits the child’s needs, considering things such as the parents’ work schedules, living arrangements and the child’s school and extracurricular activities.

By dispelling common myths and focusing on the best interests of the child, parents can work towards a custody arrangement that benefits everyone involved. Remember that every case is unique, and the right resolution depends on your personal circumstances.

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