Does Shared Parenting Work?

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Shared parenting is a custody agreement between co-parents in which the care of the children is essentially equal between the two co-parents. Shared parenting has been gaining a lot of popularity among co-parents and family law professionals within recent years, but many are still asking the question, does shared parenting work? Some believe that shared parenting doesn’t work and that it’s a wonderful idea but an unreachable goal. With the right tools and resources, shared parenting can be an excellent child custody solution and ultimately be in the best interest of your child.

Why are some still asking does shared parenting work?

It is in the opinion of some family law professionals and co-parents that the benefits of shared parenting are non-existent. Some co-parents might think that shared parenting doesn’t work because it is just too complicated and time consuming with the sharing of responsibilities and the constant traveling between homes. The OurFamilyWizard® website has been working to disprove this common misconception by providing co-parents with the necessary tools and resources they need to create and implement a successful shared parenting plan.

If you think shared parenting doesn’t work, you may want to think again

There are many benefits that a shared parenting agreement can bring. The main goal for co-parents is to create the best environment and custody arrangement that will be in the best interest of their child. An idea that is generally shared between many family law professionals is that in most cases, frequent and continuing contact with both co-parents is in the best interest of the child. With the right tools and resources, you can easily take the unnecessary work and frustration out of your shared parenting agreement. The Internet is something that every co-parenting family should be utilizing to help with their custody arrangement. For over 15 years, the OurFamilyWizard® website has been setting the standard for co-parents who wish to manage all aspects of their shared parenting agreement online and all in one place. Listed below are some of the tools that the OurFamilyWizard® website provides that shared parenting families are benefiting from.

  • Easily coordinate your shared parenting time schedules while keeping accurate records with the OurFamilyWizard® calendar.
  • Have more confidence to request parenting time trades through the OurFamilyWzard® calendar trade function.
  • Take the confusion out of splitting the expenses with your co-parent through the OurFamilyWizard® expense log.
  • Easily stay up-to-date with your child’s heath records, immunization histories, school information, and more with the OurFamilyWizard® information bank.
  • You don’t have to worry if an email got to where it needed to go anymore with the safe and secure OurFamilyWizard® message board.

Ask yourself, does shared parenting work? Apply it to your own situation and make a reasonable prediction about how shared parenting will benefit your family. Remember that all of the tools and resources that you need to manage a successful and lasting share parenting plan are available to you provided by the OurFamilyWizard website®. Each situation is different and in many cases shared parenting is in the best interest of the child, which is ultimately the most important goal of co-parents and family law professionals. For advice consult with a family law professional about their opinions on your own situation. For family law resources please visit our Helpful Links – By State page.

If you are still asking yourself, does shared parenting work, please visit the OurFamilyWizard® website Shared Parenting page for more information on how we can help to make it work for you and your family.


NOTE: Many state and federal laws use terms like ‘custody’ when referring to arrangements regarding parenting time and decision-making for a child. While this has been the case for many years, these are not the only terms currently used to refer to these topics.

Today, many family law practitioners and even laws within certain states use terms such as ‘parenting arrangements’ or ‘parenting responsibility,’ among others, when referring to matters surrounding legal and physical child custody. You will find these terms as well as custody used on the OurFamilyWizard website.