Shared custody has traditionally been looked upon with disfavor by the courts. Similarly, some professionals in the field of child development oppose the concept of shared custody. There are, however, several advantages to shared custody. The legal system benefits, as judges escape the unenviable task of playing Solomon. The child benefits because both parents continue to have a voice in the child’s upbringing, and the child continues to enjoy the love, advice, and companionship of both parents. In addition, because both parents share the responsibility of child raising, neither is faced with the loss of self-esteem which results from being designated a “visitor” to his or her child. Finally, all parties involved benefit significantly by avoiding a bruising custody battle with its attendant bitterness and emotional damage.
Carolyn S. Bratt, Joint Custody, 67 Ky. L.J. 271 (1979).