Shared parenting means that a child lives with each parent for at least 40 per cent of the time. Shared parenting has become increasingly common over the last number of years. Courts may use this approach to maximize the amount of time children spend with each parent, provided that it is in the children’s best interests.
Shared parenting agreements stipulate that each parent is equally and actively involved in raising the children after separation or divorce. Shared parenting is more viable if parents live in close proximity, are able to communicate reasonably well, and generally agree on how major issues should be addressed.
It is not uncommon for parents to have mixed feelings as to whether a shared parenting arrangement will work for their family after separation or divorce. At MDW Law in Halifax and Bedford, our family lawyers assist our clients in understanding the benefits of shared parenting and in navigating the pitfalls to come up with a comprehensive parenting plan. When communication between parents is strained by separation, we help clients use online communication tools to ease the transition to parenting in two separate households.
A shared parenting schedule may vary depending on the age of your child. Parents often share time with older children on a week-about basis, whereas with younger children, shorter and more frequent transitions between parents may be appropriate. We often recommend that parents work with a psychologist or social worker specialized in this area to assist in identifying the best schedule to meet the needs, ages and stages of the children involved.
Shared parenting often impacts the amount of child support that is paid. Determining child support payments requires an in-depth understanding of both family law and the specific case. If you are considering shared parenting, please contact us at our Halifax office to speak to a lawyer regarding the financial matters involved.