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Pros and cons of shared parenting plans

Shared parenting is common for divorced couples in Texas. Courts prefer it because it means children are involved with both parents at least somewhat equally, and this is seen as fair to the parents and best for the child. However, it's still important to look at all of the pros and cons to these plans.

Some pros, outside of equal parental involvement, include:

- Custody battles may be settled with less anger and bitterness.- Cases can take less time to resolve.- Children are more likely to know and really feel like both parents love them.- Parents get a chance to work together on the big decisions.

On the other side, though, there are some cons, which include the following:

- Parents may fight over decisions or not like the choices the other parent makes.- Parents may not be able to get along because they are angry about the divorce.- The child will need to be transported back and forth, from one parent's house to the other, which can be expensive and time-consuming.- Parents may feel that they need to own two of many things for the child, in order to have necessary items at both houses.- Children may not like the constant moving, especially if it means they are not close to their friends and social groups when they would like to be.

As you're trying to determine what your parenting and custody situation should look like following a divorce, make sure you take a few minutes to carefully consider just what any agreement is going to mean for both sides.

Source: Single Parents, "Shared Parenting Legislation," Jennifer Wolf, accessed Sep. 30, 2015

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