Friday

Sanford Braver Says No to Presumptive Joint Custody

CHAPTER 4

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY: SCHOLARLY RESEARCH ON POST-DIVORCE PARENTING AND CHILD WELL-BEING

Report to the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission and Domestic Relations Commission

Diane N. Lye, Ph.D.
June 1999


“… there is simply not enough evidence available at present to substantiate routinely imposing joint residential custody… the limited analyses other researchers have performed don’t strongly recommend it be imposed either.” 
(Page 223 in Divorced Dads)

If each parent is empowered by joint legal custody and is allowed involvement in the full variety of child rearing activities, few parents or children will feel deprived. A parent overly concerned that he see his child exactly the same amount of time as his ex-spouse becomes more of an accountant than a parent. Furthermore, this strict accounting of time can also set the stage for many future arguments, when arrangements must be changed because of extenuating circumstances, which routinely come up. Finally, such arrangements are often transitional. As children get older, they frequently don’t want to switch households so often. In short, insisting upon strict equality of time spent with the child may be in the weaker parent’s interest but it is rarely in the child’s.” 
(Page 224 in Divorced Dads)
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Sanford Braver...often quoted by father's supremacy groups because of his "research" on joint custody...although it must be mentioned that he made his determinations based on households which were intact with the mother and father...which makes little sense, unless you have an agenda.

Anyway, this was straight from out of his Bible, Divorced Dads, and cited in the paper noted above.

Read again:
As children get older, they frequently don’t want to switch households so often.
Or how about at all? Who the hell wants to alternate between living arrangements? Seems schizophrenic.

As children get older, they typically could give a rats ass about spending time with any parents or persons of authority.

Read again:
insisting upon strict equality of time spent with the child may be in the weaker parent’s interest but it is rarely in the child’s
Weaker parent=father. Don't hate me, I didn't coin the term. I would have said the "less-involved" or "not-as-nurturing" parent.

Anyway, this doesn't have a damn thing to do with anyone's interest other than the father. Period.