`Shared Care’ is often informally defined as an arrangement where a child spends between 5 and 7 evenings each fortnight with each parent.
There is research to suggest that shared care works well where families fit the following profile:
• they live close together;
• parents get along well enough to develop a business like working relationship;
• arrangements are child-focused;
• both parents are committed to everyone making shared care work;
• both mum and dad have family friendly work practices;
• both parties are experiencing relative financial comfort;
• both parties share a confidence that the other is a competent parent.
It is stating the obvious, but many separating parents who require the Court’s assistance to resolve their conflict rarely have these characteristics.
The information contained herein is not intended to be a complete statement of the law on any subject and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice in specific fact situations.