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Joint custody on the rise in the country

When a couple in Dallas divorces one another, they intend to end their relationship with one another without affecting their relationship with their children. Nonetheless, traditionally, throughout the country mothers were given sole custody of the children because it was believed to be in their best interest. This usually meant that fathers did not get to spend an equal amount of time with their children, and it ended up affecting their relationship.

However, this trend seems to be changing quickly in recent years, with the tendency towards interpreting best interests on the child as spending equal amounts of time with both parents. A study, conducted by a university, studied data involving minor children in divorce cases between 1986 and 1994. The study concluded that the number of women given sole custody dropped from 80% to 74%, and shared custody rose from 7% to 14%.

Even though the study analyzed data from another state, the results could signify a nationwide trend. The study demonstrated the growing importance of involving both parents in the upbringing of children as the study also concluded the number of fathers given sole custody decreased during the same period.

Divorcing couples in Dallas can try to work out a child custody arrangement that works for them before approaching the court for a divorce. This way, they can ensure that they are both satisfied with the arrangement. When making this arrangement, they should remember that though they have severed their relationship with one another, they will always remain in one another's lives because of their children. Therefore, they should try to reach an amicable decision and can consider approaching an experienced attorney for assistance.

Source: HNGN, "Joint custody of children is becoming a norm in US," May 22, 2014

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