Sharing Kids Through Joint Custody May Be Beneficial

Parenting schedules post-divorce are not one size fits all. Schedules involving children and parenting time will often change depending on the circumstances surrounding the situation. A number of studies show, however, that children who are raised in a joint custody scenario often do better in many areas of life when compare to those who are raised in a sole-custody household.

One reason why joint custody tends to be better for kids is that children need the influence from both parents, rather than just one. Spending a significant amount of time with both parents, in most cases, is very beneficial to children, as each parent plays an essential role in a child’s life. While mothers give children a sense of safety and security, fathers encourage kids to explore new surroundings and are constantly challenging them. Kids who are exposed to both are found to be better adjusted than those who are not.

A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Family Psychology reported that children who are raised in a joint custody arrangement have high self-esteem, better family relationships, fewer behaviors problems and increased school performance.

Another study looked at the stress levels of kids who live in joint custody households compared to those who live in sole-custody. After looking at factors, including sleep problems, loss of appetite, stomachaches, difficulty concentrating, depression and sadness, researchers reported that kids who live with both parents have significantly fewer problems than those who live with only one parent.

Children who live with both parents are often exposed to more resources than those who live in a sole-custody situation. They often have larger social circles, more family members and greater financial resources.


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