Michigan parents may be interested to learn that recent studies have confirmed that the use of joint custody is better for children. Some divorce courts have been promoting joint custody whenever possible for several years, believing that children who have an opportunity to live with both parents are happier and better adjusted than those who spend most of their time with one parent. Now, a new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggests that this is a sound approach.
Some experts have suggested that joint child custody arrangements may be stressful for children. However, the new study, which was conducted by the Centre for Health Equity Studies in Stockholm, Sweden, shows that the opposite is true. Shared parenting, in which the children spend about half their time with each parent, has been shown to be beneficial for the children and result in fewer health and emotional issues.
According to data compiled in the study, children who live with both parents have fewer health issues, including sleep problems, concentration difficulties, headaches, stomach aches and dizziness. Experts believe that living with both parents may double the resources and support available to children, helping them to better cope with stress. Furthermore, experts believe that shared parenting keeps the parents more engaged with the children, leading to deeper and more satisfying parent-child relationships.
Those facing a divorce in which partners must determine child custody may be well-advised to consider a joint parenting arrangement. In many cases, a divorce attorney might work with a parent to help them create a parenting agreement that will consider both partner's schedules and allow the children of the marriage to spend time with both parents.