• Both parents usually stay more involved.
  • Child support is fully paid more often.
  • Parents share more responsibilities and raise the child together.


  • It doesn’t work as well if the parents don’t live in the same area.
  • It’s ineffective if the parents continue to fight. Children want their parents to get along and divorce is supposed to solve that problem.
  • Kids may complain about feeling "unsettled" since they have to switch houses so often.
  • It can be a difficult arrangement to uphold when the child becomes a teenager. Luevy says that parents need to be flexible and work with the child to work out a schedule.