Joint custody is a beneficial form of child custody that parents of divorce can look into. It has many benefits, and while it does not fit every situation, it does have a level of universal appeal.
What do studies show about joint custody these days, and how well could it work for your family?
Major fears of children of divorce
Psychology Today looks at the impact of joint and sole custody on children. For years, studies have shown an increasingly positive impact on the life of a child of divorce due in part to joint custody.
For many children, fear of the unknown and fear of change make up some of the biggest negative emotions about the divorce itself. Kids do not know what to expect when the dust settles, and the thought of living a whole new life feels scary.
If they have both parents, however, they do not need to make quite as big of an adjustment. They still have a two-parent household system, with support and love from both parents instead of only one.
Positive impacts of joint custody
Studies show that this may tie into positive impacts. For example, children in joint custody situations have lower reported rates of depression and anxiety, with less severity for the cases presented.
These children also tend to have better coping mechanisms. They lash out at peers and authority figures less often. They also have fewer problems with addiction as adults and tend to experience healthier relationships.
Sole custody often proves a better option for families in which one parent faces allegations of abuse or neglect, or is in custody. Otherwise, joint custody may serve as the best option.