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A physicist tries to solve a common visitation-related challenge

We frequently write about the fact that co-parenting can be a challenging task to undertake. In addition to parenting your child both up-close and from afar, you must likely engage in frequent discussions, arguments and compromises with your co-parent. In addition, if you and your co-parent are both actively involved in your child’s life you may not have as predictable a schedule as you would prefer as co-parenting often requires some flexibility on the part of both parents.

Co-parenting can be unquestionably challenging even if you are only navigating this journey with one fellow co-parent. But what if you have multiple children parented by multiple former romantic partners? Chances are that your scheduling issues, communication frustrations and other co-parenting challenges are even more complex than the average co-parenting situation is.

A physicist and mathematician grappling with this very situation recently attempted to solve his complex and inconvenient visitation and shared custody scheduling issues with a mathematical model. It was so revolutionary that an accompanying study was recently published in The European Physical Journal B. In addition to making co-parenting schedules more reasonable, the model seeks to maximize the happiness of all affected parties.

You may not need a highly complex mathematical model to solve your co-parenting scheduling issues. But making a chart or other visual aid may help you to see new solutions where none were previously obvious. And if your situation is becoming too inconvenient and complex for you to handle, speaking with an attorney may help you find a workable solution.

Source: Pacific Standard, “Can Physics Solve Custody Battles?” Bettina Chang, Feb. 27, 2014