Lexington, KY- When divorce is the cards for a couple and they have children, child custody will be foremost in their minds. They want to make the right decision for their children, but may be confused which type of custody arrangements is best for the well-being of their child or children. As it turns out, children appear to benefit mentally from a joint custody arrangement even though there may some contention between two parents. That is according to a study published last month in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Researchers in Stockholm, Sweden examined national data on 150,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15. A majority of the children, 69 percent, lived in a nuclear family while 19 percent were lived with both parents and 16 percent lived exclusively with one parent, according to Yahoo Parenting.
Researchers looked at whether any of these students suffered from psychosomatic issues such as a lack of sleep, trouble focusing, decreased appetite, headaches, stomachaches, and feeling tense or depressed, according to Yahoo News. Their most remarkable finding was that children who live with both parents, even if it us under joint custody arrangements, experienced less of the psychosomatic symptoms than children who live with one parent. Even when a couple is divorce and living separately a child benefits from spending nearly equal amounts of time with both parents.
“It was surprising that children who have two homes and move frequently report less stress symptoms than those who live in one stable home after their parent’s separation,” study author Malin Bergström, a researcher at the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, told Yahoo Parenting.
The assumption has long been that children who are moved from one household to the next experienced a greater deal of dissatisfaction with their living arrangements, but this study shows that being able to spend time with both parents overrides the stress of moving from one parent’s home to the next.
This study however points to the benefits of joint custody arrangements. This custody arrangement is the most common and allows both parents to spend time with and make decisions about the upbringing of their children. Parents and their child custody attorneys can work together to come up with an agreeable schedule for overnight stays, weekend visits and arrangements for the holidays.
Unless there is concern over a child’s safety, a couple should strive to come up with a satisfactory joint custody arrangement since it appears to benefit children the most. A Kentucky family law attorney can help a couple resolve their differences and develop a child custody arrangement they both agree on.
If you need help with your Kentucky custody case, USAttorneys can connect you with Lexington family law attorney Bruce Stith so you can set up a consultation and discuss your case. He understands that the best interest of your child is of utmost importance and will work to keep acrimony from negatively affecting a couple’s child or children. He will also work to ensure that not only is an agreeable custody arrangement is met, but a child is given the financial support they need.