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Joint custody is often the right decision

Divorced fathers in Alaska and throughout the country typically want to have custody rights to their children. This can be a good idea no matter how old a child is. Shared parenting often results in children who have stronger relationships with their parents and peers. They also tend to have fewer emotional or behavioral problems as well. Children who grow up with both parents having custody also tend to be more positive about life in general.

Tips for fathers seeking child custody

Fathers in Alaska who are hoping to maintain positive relationships with their children may wonder what is involved in the custody process. First, it's important to understand the different types of custody. Some people may think of custody as being about which parent a child lives with. While that is known as physical custody, there is also legal custody, and this determines which parent is able to make major decisions about the child's life.

Parallel parenting and child custody

Child custody arrangements in Alaska can take several forms. Sole custody is rare, but a court will order it if it's in the child's best interests. In most cases, however, some level of joint custody will be ordered. The court's decision when ordering joint custody often comes down to the ability and willingness of the parents to co-parent their children. Co-parenting is heavily dependent on quality communication and respect between the parents. If the parents can't work with one another, a parallel parenting situation may develop.

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