Divorce can be a difficult and emotional process, especially when children are involved. Children are often unwilling participants of a divorce, and are forced to live with whatever decisions are made regarding their care. Traditionally, custody is granted to one custodial parent and the non-custodial parent is given visitation rights. Yet, studies show that children who are raised in joint-custody households may have advantages over kids who grow up in sole-custody situations.
The studies show the benefits that kids experience when they are able to spend a significant amount of time with both parents. These benefits include the following:
- Stronger social circles
- Better grades in school
- Fewer behavioral problems
- Better emotional health
- Enhanced self-esteem
Children who are raised in joint-custody arrangements have long-term advantages as well. They often experience longer-lasting marriages, better family relationships, more successful careers and finish higher levels of schooling when compared to kids who are raised primarily by one parent.
Each parent contributes valuable attributes to the child. While mothers are said to provide a safe and nurturing environment for kids, fathers give kids a safe and secure area and encourage them to explore their surroundings.
Furthermore, parents who share custody of their children generally have a good, amicable relationship with one another. This results in less stress for the children and a better quality of life for everyone involved. Keep in mind that since every situation’s circumstances vary, not all cases may work for joint-custody arrangements.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.