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The benefits of joint custody on the mental health of children

A long-standing argument about which type of custody situation is best for kids may have led to confusion among Alaskan parents. Child experts have long assumed that shared custody, which involves kids living part-time with both parents, was more stressful. A new study opposes that view, showing evidence that the benefits of contact with both parents outweighs the stress of moving and that kids in a joint custody situation are actually less stressed.

There is now clear evidence that consistent contact with both parents is very beneficial to children. The study shows that access to the resources of both parents helps children feel more secure. Their social circles, access to monetary resources and access to other activities are broadened in joint custody arrangements

The study focused on children in 6th and 9th grade and considered their familial arrangements and their mental health. Researchers found that 19 percent of the children were involved in joint custody situations while 13 percent of children only lived with one parent. According to the data, the children who lived with one parent were more likely to develop psychosomatic conditions, such as sleep problems and difficulty concentrating, suggesting that the children in single-parent families were more likely to be stressed.

Despite the research, child custody may need to be tailored to the specific elements of each case. A parent who is involved in negotiations about custody might benefit from working with an attorney who is familiar with family law. That attorney may be able to help the parent pursue a custody arrangement that process their own rights and the health and safety of their child.

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