Divorcing parents have a few options when looking into custody situations for their child. Sole custody used to have the highest rate of occurrence, but these days, more people turn to joint custody instead.
Why does this happen? What benefits does joint custody offer?
Potential results of joint custody
Psychology Today discusses a good option for divorcing parents in joint custody. Studies that compare children of joint custody to children of sole custody often point out that those who experience joint custody have healthier coping mechanisms than their sole custody counterparts.
They tend to struggle less with addiction later in life. They also seem to have fewer relationship problems. In early life, they lash out less at those around them and find healthier outlets for their emotions.
Studies also show that these children have fewer reported instances of dealing with anxiety or depression. They also have fewer reported cases of trauma or stress-based disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
On top of that, the instances of reported cases tend to skew toward less severe. This means fewer cases of related hospitalization, intake of medication, or life-threatening complications.
Why do these things happen?
Studies speculate that these differences occur because of the support network that a child in joint custody has. They grew up in a two-parent house, and while changes still happen, they do not have to make a readjustment to a one-parent house. They continue enjoying the presence and support of both parents as they age.
Thus, if this option is possible for a family, they should consider it for the sake and health of their children.