Are you a divorced parent? Have you ever gotten frustrated by a child custody arrangement? If you answered yes to both of these questions then you’re not alone. A lot of parents here in Texas, as well as across the nation, experience the same frustration and often find it just as difficult to deal with as it is to find a solution. But a group of physicists believe they may have found relief from this frustration from the most unlikely of things.
After taking a look at his own custodial arrangement, one of the physicists wondered if there was a simpler way of aligning the visitation schedules between the family he had with his exes and the current family he has with his new girlfriend. Believing that he could apply a mathematical model to a complex societal problem, he asked some friends to help him. After analyzing a number of cases, researchers developed an algorithm that optimized visitation between divorced parents and minimized the number of unhappy couples.