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Can you split up the custody of the kids in a divorce?

On Behalf of | May 6, 2021 | Child Custody

If you have two children, the typical way for a court to divide custody rights in a divorce is by giving custody of both children to the parents at specific times. For instance, you may get physical custody of the children every other week, and your ex will get them on the off weeks. When you don’t have custody, you live alone. 

But would the court ever split up the children? Would they give you full custody of your son, for example, while giving your ex full custody of your daughter? 

This usually isn’t in the children’s best interests

This would make things simple and it would eliminate the need for custody exchanges, but the truth is that it almost never happens. The courts do not see it as something that is in the children’s best interests, as it could harm or ruin the relationship that those siblings have with one another. It is much better for the children to stay together and then see each parent at the same time. 

In fact, some experts note that divorce can actually make siblings feel closer to one another. It creates a bond. Separating the siblings in this way would harm that bond. There are very, very few reasons why a court would ever consider this. You can never say never, but this is about as close as it gets. It’s a massive statistical improbability. 

Dividing time with your children

Though children are not usually split up, custody cases can still be complicated. Make sure you know exactly what options you have and how to put the children first. An attorney can help you look for options in your custody case that you may not have considered and find a plan that works best for your family.