Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

Joint Custody Becoming the Norm

In the not-too-distant past, divorce usually meant the mother would receive sole custody of the children with the father allowed to see the children on the weekend or over holidays.

This practice appears to be going by the wayside and, if Wisconsin Court Records of the past 20 years are anything to go by, joint custody is becoming the norm.

A new study, published in the journal Demography, reviews the current custody environment in the United States.

Researchers report that the guiding principle of the “best interest of the child” has now become standard in deciding on custody matters.

This new posture overturns the divorce court philosophy that dominated most of the 20th century where most children ended up living with their mothers after their parents’ divorce — a philosophy that conformed to gender norms that viewed mothers as better caretakers of especially young children.

Since the turn of the millennium, the custody policy of many states has become gender-neutral and encourages the involvement of both parents.

Written by Rick Nauert PHD.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

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