For many divorced Missouri parents, hearing the term “joint-custody arrangement” can conjure up feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. When you are in the habit of having your children sleep in the same home as you every night and this suddenly changes, it can prove to be quite an adjustment. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that it may help you to know that joint-custody arrangements can actually prove highly advantageous for children of divorce, and we have helped many divorcing Missourians navigate custody and related issues.
According to Time, children of divorce who live in both parents’ homes tend to fare better in numerous areas than their peers who are also children of divorce, but who live only with one parent or the other. For starters, children whose parents have joint-custody arrangements tend to fare better physically, with kids in this group proving less likely to report suffering from stomachaches, headaches or sleeping issues.
Kids who spend at least some amount of time living on the home of each parent were also less likely than their peers who lived only with one parent to report feeling sad, tense or dizzy. They, too, were less likely to admit to having difficulty concentrating. This information refutes a commonly held belief that children whose parents share custody are more stressed because they have to shuffle between two home environments.
So, why do children whose divorced parents share custody tend to fare better than other children of divorce? Some believe this is due, at least in part, to the fact that children whose parents have joint-custody arrangements tend to have access to more resources. For example, they may have larger extended families or social circles that are active in their lives, and they may, too, have more access to material goods and money, which can make them less stressed. You can find more about divorce on our webpage.