Physics applied to child custody: better have plan B in reserve

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

When it comes to getting what you want as a parent in a child custody outcome, it’s all in how you spin it.

Or maybe not.

That was what physicist Andres Gomberoff first thought when he grew excited over the possibility that employing so-called “spin glass system” higher mathematics to his personally thorny child custody reality might yield an optimal solution.

Gomberoff, whose personal and professional interests gravitate toward cosmic black holes and other transcendent matters of physics, also has family law-related earthly concerns stemming from the children he has with two ex-wives, along with his girlfriend’s kids.

The university physicist from Chile thought that maybe, just maybe, he and a few of his professionals cohorts could come up with a suitable algorithm from one of their esoteric mathematical models that could be applied to custody-related configurations.

The ultimate goal: to come up with a system that would let Gomberoff and his partner see all their kids on the same weekend and have the following weekend to themselves, as well as accommodate the needs of all other involved parents.

The physicists got close enough to improve matters somewhat for all couples, but, unfortunately, the planets never quite aligned in a way allowed for perfect scheduling for all parties concerned.

It turns out, as most couples and certainly all family law attorneys can readily tell Gomberoff, that human interactions can grow incredibly complex following one or more divorces.

Ultimately, finding that close-to-ideal scheduling where children are concerned is easier done through face-to-face consultations with calendars and highlighting markers than it is through mathematical formulas.

Source: Scientific American, “Physics can solve child-custody arrangements,” Clara Moskowitz, March 7, 2014

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