parenting schedule. 84 The children in joint custody arrangements were also more likely than the
children in other living arrangements to desire a modification to their custodial time-share. 85
Although joint custody became easier for the parents involved, the arrangement proved more
difficult for the children involved86
Additionally, the children in joint custody arrangements were the most likely to feel
caught in the middle of their parents, their parents’ wishes, and their parents’ conflicts. 87
Conversely, children in sole custody arrangements reported the largest decrease in feeling
involved in a loyalty conflict or parental conflict from the start of the study. 88 For those children,
the sole custody arrangement had more adequately sheltered them from feeling caught in
between the parental struggle. Lastly, the children who maintained joint custody arrangements
throughout the four-year study had more trouble focusing and finishing tasks than the children in
sole-custody arrangements. 89 Rather than focusing on whether the parents’ animosity toward
sharing equal time with the child subsides, more emphasis should be placed on considering joint
custody through the lens of a child.
VI. ANALYSIS OF THE AUTHOR
A. The Attempted “Gender Neutral Approach”
Because women are more likely to take on most of the child rearing prior to a separation
or divorce, 90 the primary caretaker is a gender-neutral consideration on its face but not in
86 Post-Separation, supra note 63, at [pincite].
87 Dush, Kotila, & Schoppe-Sullivan, supra note 61, at [pincite].
89 Id.; The study noted that the children who already had these difficulties were omitted from this calculation. Id.