Movie fans might know Chris Pratt for his roles in recent popular movies, but his most recent headlines seemed to focus on his ongoing divorce from actress Anna Faris. The couple recently finalized their split, addressing difficult topics such as child custody, support and more. For Texas parents who hope to share joint custody after their divorce, Faris and Pratt’s unique approach to support may be of interest.

The couple agreed to a joint custody arrangement, although they say that they plan to be flexible in their approach. In such situations, one parent — usually the higher earner — often still pays child support to the other. However, Pratt and Faris are currently foregoing traditional approaches to support and instead establishing a joint bank account, from which they will both pay for their son’s daily expenses. They will each fund the account on an annual basis.

They cited irreconcilable differences in their Dec. 2017 divorce filing, but their prenuptial agreement apparently laid the groundwork for their seemingly amicable divorce. Neither will receive alimony from this split, though. During their divorce they both chose to waive current and future rights to spousal support from the other. 

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to child custody, and parents in Texas often struggle when faced with figuring out their own custody arrangements. In some cases, joint custody is a smart approach that respects the child’s best interests. In other situations, more traditional approaches where one parent retains primary physical custody is a better solution.