Children are often silent victims of divorce. The stress and anxiety of having a family separate and move to different homes can be extremely hard for a child of any age to deal with. Parents often get wrapped up in the legalities of the divorce process, and may overlook the needs of their children. In some cases, parents may become so emotional that they fail to see the damage that they are doing to their children by keeping them away from the either parent. As part of the settlement, the couple or judge presiding over the case must determine whether sole or joint custody is best for the children involved. A study shows, however, that in many cases, joint custody is the most beneficial to children of divorce.
A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology reported that children are often better adjusted when they are able to spend a significant amount of time with both parents. When compared to children who lived primarily with one parent, children of joint custody showed less emotional and behavioral problems. In addition, these children had better family relationships, higher self-esteem and did better in school. Although children don’t necessarily need to have joint custody, they do better if they spend large amounts of time with each parent.
The study results are backed up by another study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Researchers also found that children who spend time with both parents show less stress than those in sole custody arrangements.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.