Augusta, GA- Are you in the middle of divorce? Are you and your estranged spouse struggling with child custody? Are you confused about what child custody arrangement is best for your child or children? Perhaps you are wondering: Why should I consider joint custody?
Of course, there are some situations in which joint custody is out of the question. For instance, joint custody is unrealistic if one parent has a history of abusive behavior, has a serious drug addiction or has otherwise put the well-being of a child in danger. In these cases,
Studies show joint custody is better for children
Earlier this year a study from Stockholm, Sweden, reported on by Yahoo News, found that children who spend time with both parents, even though they may live in two different homes typical, are more well-adjusted and happier than children who live primarily with one parent.
In the study of 150,000 children between the ages of 12 and 15, researchers looked at whether any of the children exhibited any signs of psychological troubles such as insomnia, trouble focusing, decreased appetite, headaches, stomachaches, and feeling tense or depressed. They found that those psychological issues were not common for the 69 percent of children who lived in a nuclear family unit nor were they common for the 19 percent if children who spent equal time with both parents in separate living environments.
There has long been this assumption that moving from one house to the next is more stress on a child and causes them more dissatisfaction, but this study demonstrates that is not true. This study and others show that children benefit from joint custody arrangements.
Courts prefer joint custody
Another reason to consider a joint custody arrangement is because family courts generally prefer this arrangement and will sometimes steer a couple into this arrangement. That is mainly because psychologists agree that children benefit from having both parents in their life. A joint custody arrangement gives each parent equal time with their child or children, and gives each parent equal right to make important decisions about their child’s upbringing.
Joint custody also benefits parents as well. One parent gets and break and time to themselves while the other parent takes over parental duties.
If you are unsure about joint custody, USAttorneys recommends you contact a child custody lawyer in Augusta, Georgia to discuss your custody options. Our team of divorce lawyers understand how hard it can be resolve child custody issues and will help you make wise decisions. Let us connect you with a lawyer who you can rely on to answer your questions, address your concerns and make the success of your case their priority. When you have legal representation, you can be confident that your case will be resolved with your child’s best interest in mind. Call and set up a consultation today.