If you're a parent going through a divorce, you may wonder what kind of custody arrangement is best for your children. One option you may consider is residential custody, but you may not be sure what that entails.

So, Are Residential and Sole Custody the Same?

The short answer is no. Residential custody, also known as primary physical custody, is when the child lives with one parent most of the time. The other parent typically has visitation rights. Sole custody is when one parent has full legal and physical custody of the child.

Why would you choose residential custody over sole custody?

There are a few reasons. First, it gives the child stability and continuity in their lives. They get to stay in their home, attend the same school, and see their friends regularly.

Second, it gives both parents a chance to be involved in the child's life. Even though the child is living with one parent most of the time, the other parent still gets to spend time with them and be a part of their life.

When children have to move back and forth between two homes, it can be tough on them emotionally. Residential custody can help make the transition a little easier. It can help reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with divorce.

Change in Custody Practices

Real joint residential custody arrangements used to be common. With the arrangements, a child's time was split in half between both the parents. However, this method is used less now because it greatly disrupts a child's life. Instead, the trend is for one parent to have primary custody and the other to have visitation rights.

If you're considering residential custody of your children, you must talk to a lawyer to see if it's the right option for your family. They can help you understand the legalities and make sure that your rights are protected.

How to Make a Peaceful Transition For Your Child

If you're currently going through a divorce or are about to, you may wonder how to make the transition as smooth as possible for your children.

Here are a few tips:

  • Talk to your children about what's going on. They need to know that the divorce is not their fault and that you still love them.
  • Reassure them that they will still see both parents and that nothing has changed regarding their relationship with you.
  • Help them understand that there may be some changes in their daily routine but that you will work together to ensure everything runs smoothly.
  • Encourage them to express their feelings and listen to what they have to say.
  • Finally, seek help from a therapist or counselor if you feel like you need it. They can provide support and guidance during this difficult time.

Going through a divorce is tough, but following these tips can make the transition a little easier for your children.

Contact us today to learn more about residential custody and how it can work for your family. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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