Five Benefits of Joint Custody

IL divorce lawyerThe highly-publicized divorce of Hollywood actors Jason Bege and Angie Janu has resulted in both parents sharing joint custody of their two sons. Although divorces are not uncommon in the entertainment industry, the story was an encouraging one as Bege and Janu were able to come to an agreement on the issue of child custody. Losing out on time with a child is every parent’s biggest fear when going through a divorce, but joint custody holds many benefits for any parent that enters into such an agreement, or that must do so according to a court order.

Sharing Matters of Discipline

Regardless of whether parents are divorced or still together, no one wants to be the parent that is always disciplining the child. When the parents can agree on joint child custody, each parent will have to take their fair share of disciplinary actions. Joint custody allows the child to build a bond of trust with each parent, and not resent one more because they are always in charge of disciplinary matters.

Forced Routines

Divorce will upend the lives of everyone in the family and so, even families that did not regularly follow routines before will greatly benefit from them during and after divorce. When you share child custody, you will always have to arrange to bring your child to a certain place on certain days or pick them up. All of this brings routine to your daily life and that of your child’s, which is beneficial for both of you.

Being a parent is difficult, but being a single parent is even more challenging. Parents with sole custody often do not have the chance to slow down, relax, and find time for themselves. In a joint custody situation, you know when you will have time for yourself to go see friends, simply relax in the quiet of your own home, or further your education or career.


One of the most difficult aspects of being a single parent is that you are responsible for paying most of the child-related expenses. Even though many people receive child support, this is not always paid or is not paid on time, and enforcing a court order comes with its own challenges. In a joint custody arrangement, you are not solely responsible for all of these costs, which is a great help.

Missing Each Other

Of course, parents do not want to lose time with their children because they will miss them when they are gone. However, look at this as a benefit rather than a drawback. When you miss your child and they miss you, both of you will be so much happier to see each other once they are done visiting with the other parent. While each other’s presence is easy to take for granted in a sole custody situation, you will both be able to make the most of the time you have together when you share custody.

Call Our Illinois Child Custody Lawyers Today

Although joint custody has many benefits, it is not practical in every case. Regardless of the facts of your case or the situation you are facing, our skilled Hinsdale child custody lawyers at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio are here to help. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and to learn how we can help with your unique child custody situation.



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