The 50/50 Solution: The Surprisingly Simple Choice that Makes Moms, Dads, and Kids Happier and Healthier after a Split (Paperback)

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The 50/50 Solution: The Surprisingly Simple Choice that Makes Moms, Dads, and Kids Happier and Healthier after a Split (Paperback)

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There is one proven method for happier kids, more involved dads, and less stressed-out moms after divorce—50/50 custody

It's hard for everyone when parents split up—but the end of living together doesn't need to mean the end of a functional family. Part of the reason divorces are so traumatic for the kids involved is because of our child custody system, which truly sets everyone up for failure. Throughout the country, the default arrangement is for Mom to get majority time with the kids (and most of the responsibility of caring for them), for Dad to become an occasional visitor (and perhaps saddled with massive child support payments), and for the kids to lose the stability, structure and confidence of knowing they have two equally committed, loving parents. But it doesn't have to be this way!

In The 50/50 Solution, creator of the Wealthy Single Mommy community Emma Johnson showcases the robust research proving that, in the vast majority of cases, equal timesharing is the best outcome for everyone in a family where the adults no longer live together. The 50/50 Solution will show you that equal parenting time leads to:

  • Better physical, emotional, and mental health for children of divorce
  • Higher career earnings for single mothers
  • Fathers who are more engaged and whose rights as parents are preserved
  • Far less parental and legal conflict
  • A progressive, forward-thinking cultural norm that promotes gender and racial equality for all families, regardless of their configuration

A few states have already adopted 50/50 custody as the default arrangement, and several more are poised to follow. Equal parenting time is the custody framework of the future, and The 50/50 Solution shows readers how it helps our families and communities thrive.

"A sharp and thorough take on divorce that's grounded in research and the science of child development. Johnson thinks beyond an outdated and binary battle-between-genders framework, providing a comprehensive guide to coparenting that puts kids first." — Jordan Shapiro, PhD, Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, Nonresident Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and author of Father Figure: How to be a Feminist Dad

"With over 30 years as a divorce attorney, I’ve seen thousands of families torn apart by divorce. The 50/50 Solution is a game-changer. It’s more than a guide; it’s a hopeful vision for healthier families and a call for societal change towards gender and racial equality. Emma’s work offers practical solutions and a progressive outlook on family dynamics in the modern world." — Susan Guthrie, Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and host of The Divorce & Beyond Podcast

"Sexism should not inform our parenting decisions. Children – and parents – do best when moms AND dads share caregiving responsibilities. The 50/50 Solution: The Surprisingly Simple Choice that Makes Moms, Dads, and Kids Happier and Healthier After a Divorce details the sneaky ways sexism continues to influence (and harm) parents, children, and society and outlines a practical, achievable alternative for separated, divorced, and unmarried parents." — Jennifer L.W. Fink, author of Building Boys: Raising Great Guys in a World that Misunderstands Males

"The essence of The 50/50 Solution is so obvious that it is stunning that it is not already the default: Expect moms and dads to take equal care of their kids. Emma lays out the social science supporting why this is so good for children, and challenges many of our old and sexist ideas about how to win at divorce, parenting, work and life." — Farnoosh Torabi, Financial Expert, Host of the So Money podcast