Joint Custody: A New Kind of Family (1984)

Genres - Family & Personal Relationships  |   Sub-Genres - Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Four sets of white, middle-class, remarried, and busy parents are interviewed and filmed at home in this documentary on how these parents have been able to work out a successful "co-parenting" relationship between themselves and their former spouses for the benefit of their children. At the end of the 1970s new laws were enacted in the U.S. to make joint custody easier for all concerned, and these parents and well-adjusted children seem to illustrate that once a bad marriage has ended, relationships between the ex-spouses and their children can improve. The negative aspects of not working out a viable joint custody plan are also treated in some detail, indicating that in those instances, the real losers are the children involved. Adults who are seeking a divorce and joint custody of their children may find this documentary helpful.



custody, divorce