When a couple goes through a divorce, it can be exceptionally difficult when there are children involved. While dividing up a house, cars, and financial assets is already challenging enough, the kids cannot be split up. Ultimately, an increasing majority of couples opt for joint custody. However, there are still many reasons why one parent may end up with primary custody while the other parent receives visitation rights.
For years, many people thought it was a given that women were going to win the custody disputes during a divorce. The court may have thought that men were the ones earning the money and that money could be replaced through child support; however, time was a priceless asset that couldn't be replaced.
In decades past, it used to be assumed that mothers would win the custody battles. This was largely because mothers did most of the child-rearing while fathers worked. It was believed that the father could still support the kids but couldn't replace the child-rearing that might be lost from the mother.
Parenting after divorce can seem like a difficult prospect, but doesn't have to be. By following some commonsense guidelines, it is possible to put your differences or feelings for your spouse aside, and get on with parenting in a consistent, fulfilling way that lets your kids experience a mostly normal "Mom And Dad" relationship.