COVID-19 & The Future Of Custody Battles In The US
The fact is, now, when we are moving forward in custody battles, I think a lot of the historical arguments of, “He/She doesn’t know everything, or hasn’t done it before” is just going be out the window. Now you are going have parents that have both done everything. Everyone is changing diapers, everyone is doing sugar cube igloo projects and everyone is more attuned to the likes and dislikes of their children. Now, I think when both parents want 50-50, I think that the question will be “Why not? I also think it is going be a very hard pill to swallow for certain parents that may have sacrificed careers, and/or have dedicated their entire lives to their children as being the primary caretaker, to be told that the other parent is going have possible 50% of the parenting time is going be very upsetting. It is also important to note that in many states, the amount of days you have with a child can impact child support (not in New York). Therefore, the repercussions are not just the emotional but also have financial implications. 2022 is going to be a very interesting year when it comes to custody litigation and I expect there will a significant shift in the Courts in terms 50/50 parenting time.
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