Divorce is extremely simple if there are no children involved. Basically, there’s just an equitable distribution of assets and the two individuals part ways. However, when children are involved and it can result in years of litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars lost during the process.
The divorce industry stands to make a lot of money when there is a disputed child custody issue.
There have been a great many studies that have proven that joint custody and shared parenting are far and away the best situation for any child in a divorced household. The child will be happiest when his or her parents live close enough to one another that they can spend equal amounts of time with both parents.
The reason it doesn’t happen this way most of the time is the divorce industry itself makes a huge amount of money both litigating and administrating split child custody arrangements. They do this by setting up a custodial and non-custodial parent; if the child spent equal time at both homes there would be no need for child support. By giving one parent custody, it automatically sets up a situation where the custodial parent must receive some form of compensation from the non-custodial parent.
The way the divorce industry makes money on this is an old banking trick. They collect money from one party and hold it a few days or a week later, and they make money on the float or the interest that collects during the time it is in their account. That amount may not seem like a lot initially, but when all the child support payments each year are added together, it suddenly becomes a large amount.
Many dads spend their last dime paying an attorney in an attempt to get custody of their children. When in reality it was a foregone conclusion that the wife would get custody. The Friendly Parent doctrine is an idea that is gaining more favorable attention in the U.S. It says the parent most likely to include the other parent in the parenting process should get custody. However this doesn’t apply in all states.
By Ron Lasorsa