As recent as the late 1990s, family courts across the nation were in the
practice of showing preferential treatment to mothers in
child custody cases, but that’s the past and things are handled quite differently now.
In the past 30 years, women have joined the labor force in unprecedented
numbers. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that 47% percent
of the workers in the U.S. are women and 70% of mothers with minor children
work, and over 75% of them work full-time. To learn more, check out
“12 Stats About Working Women.”
This societal shift has changed the way courts view child custody disputes,
and in effect, fathers are now given equal consideration in child custody
cases. Actually, the courts have discovered how children do better when
both parents are actively engaged in their children’s lives and
this has led to a growing trend where mothers and fathers have joint physical
custody of their children.
Does Joint Custody Eliminate Child Support?
Before we dive into the child support issue, we want to explain joint physical
custody: it doesn’t necessarily mean the parents have the children
for exactly the same amount of days each year, but it can be close.
“If I have 50/50 joint custody, does that mean I don’t have to pay
child support?” If you earn more money than your ex, you may have to pay some
child support and you may have to contribute to employment-related childcare
expenses and uninsured medical expenses.
Generally, the more time a parent has with their kids, the less the will
have to pay in child support but it doesn’t always happen that way.
If the other parent is on public assistance for example, you could end
up paying more child support, even if you have the kids more.
When Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live with in California?
Contact our firm to meet with a San Diego divorce lawyer for all of your child support
and custody needs.