Joint Custody: Is it Good for the Children?


Perhaps nothing says as much about the changing roles of men and women as what couples do with their children upon divorce. In the last 20 years, as part of the drive for equality of the sexes, a new post-divorce family structure came about: joint custody. Divorced fathers and mothers were to share equally in the upbringing of their children. Nearly everyone agrees that such custody arrangements sometimes work. But there is now a battle raging over whether they should be imposed on couples when one parent objects. Will the children suffer because of logistical nightmares? Can parents put aside their bickering to raise their children well?

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