Mississippi Family Law Attorney Discusses a Positive Effect of Shared Custody

Divorcing parents are likely to worry about the emotional experience that their children will have during and after their divorce. Fortunately, new research that was recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health is likely to put the minds of at least some divorcing parents a little more at ease. The study indicates that children who split their time between both parents relatively equally often enjoy good mental health.

If you have chosen to share custody with your former or soon to be former spouse, you are likely to find the results of this study quite reassuring. If you are in the initial stages of a divorce or you are contemplating divorce, you may want to consider the findings of this research as you decide how you will proceed with custody in your divorce case.

The findings in this study are important for many reasons, one being that some parents who choose shared or split custody and some who are contemplating it are concerned that frequent transitions between the homes of their parents will have a negative effect on their children’s sense of stability. The research indicates that children who move frequently between two homes experience less stress and stress-related ailments, such as headaches and stomachaches, than those who spend the majority of their time with one parent do.

            Part of the reason why kids in shared or split custody situations may experience less stress is that parents who have chosen those kind of arrangements often have less interpersonal conflict than parents who choose or are given other kinds of custody arrangements. This is often because parents who choose shared custody understand how much interpersonal communication and contact they must have in order to co-parent, and they learn how to do so while keeping the fighting to a minimum. Also, in arrangements where one parent has sole custody and the other has visitation, there is a larger risk that the child will somehow lose contact with one parent than there is in shared parenting arrangements. The results of the study indicate that the amount of movement between parents’ homes has less of a negative impact on children than tension and arguments, and the risk of losing contact with one parent do.

Deciding how to approach parenting can be a very difficult part of a Mississippi divorce. It can be hard to figure out how to account for your own needs as well as the needs of each of your children when proposing a custody arrangement to your soon to be former spouse, or when assessing a proposal that your son to be former spouse has created. When you work with a Mississippi Family Law Attorney, you can feel confident that you will get all of the information that you need in order to make a choice that will work for you and for your children. If you would like more information about the child custody options that are available to parents who divorce in Mississippi, Mississippi Family Law Attorney Matthew S. Poole can help. Please call us today, at (601) 573-7429 today, to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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Mississippi Family Law Attorney Discusses a Positive Effect of Shared Custody
Mississippi Family Law Attorney discusses the positive implications of shared custody in Mississippi family law cases.