Joint custody has many advantages for children and is often in their best interest. They get quality time with both of their parents and grow up with secure and loving attachments. However, joint custody can be tougher on the parents. They might be away from their children half of the time, and while it gives the parents more opportunities to pursue career development and personal interests, it may make for lonely times once in a while.
In a piece of good news, child support sometimes becomes much less of an issue when parents share custody. The parents generally pay for the expenses the child incurs when staying with them and, of course, pay to maintain adequate housing and to clothe and feed the child. However, there are situations in which one parent may still need to pay child support despite having the child half of the time.