Split custody

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Split custody refers to a custody arrangement in which the children are essentially split up, with some of the children living more with one parent, and some of the children living more with the other parent.[1] Split custody is generally chosen because it creates a situation in which children do not have to constantly travel back and forth between their parent's homes and it creates a situation in which siblings that don't get along can be separated.[1]


Split custody arrangements are criticized for a number of reasons.[1] One such reason is that the siblings are separated from each other, which also has the negative aspect of eliminating the emotional support they give one another.[1] Additionally, in this form of arrangement, this effect could be compounded by the fact that they have one primary parent, which has been shown to cause distress in children.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Webster Watnik (April 2003). Child Custody Made Simple: Understanding the Laws of Child Custody and Child Support. Single Parent Press. pp. 16–38. ISBN 978-0-9649404-3-7. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Lerche Davis, Jeanie. "Joint Custody Best for Most Children". WebMD Health News. WebMD, Inc. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Peterson, Karen S. (24 March 2002). "Joint Custody Best for Kids After Divorce". USATODAY.com. Retrieved 27 September 2011.