After Divorce or separation of couples with children, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into the care of the children. In some cases, the father just takes on the role of a very part time father who sees his children every other weekend. This is a fairly easy pattern to work out and if both parents are in agreement then the arrangements can be very simple.
However, if both parents would like to split their time more evenly with their children and work commitments allow them to do this then the splitting of the time can be a little more complicated. The children effectively have two homes and their routines will need to be organised more intricately.
What is Shared Care?
There are two types of shared care families: parents who voluntarily choose to pursue shared care arrangements post-separation and those who arrive at shared care through litigation. The characteristics of each are very different and usually parents who have arrived at the decision to co-parent themselves are good communicators and very focused on the children’s needs.
Shared Care or co-parenting of children doesn’t necessarily mean an equal 50/50 split of time between the parents. But is where both parents share the day to day routine and also the leisure times. The children then feel they have two properly involved parents. If one parent only does weekends for example then the perception of that parent is that they only do the fun things and provide the treats.