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Why sharing child custody can be beneficial

Many divorced parents in Georgia are no doubt concerned about the emotional well-being of their children. This is especially true if they are sharing child custody with the other parent. The good news is that a recent study showed that despite the constant shuffling from one household to another, children of divorce are more emotionally stable when they are able to spend time with both parents.

This may come as a surprise to parents who were taught to keep their children's lives stable and predictable. The findings from the study, however, do show that children kept in one stable home after a divorce report more stress than those who spend time in two homes. Of course, children who live in a home with both parents fare the best, but researchers found that children who spent time with both parents after a divorce were less likely to suffer from sleep issues, headaches, tension and sadness.

This is because fighting and anger between parents causes stress among children. Most children want to have relationships with both parents, so when one parent talks negatively about the other or tries to keep the child away from the other parent, the child suffers emotionally.

The study shows that children are more affected by conflict between the parents rather than the divorce itself. Quality parenting time is in the best interests of the child and should be made a priority. Many couples are able to remain amicable and successfully co-parent following a divorce, so when parents can put conflict aside and focus on the children, everyone wins.

Source: Yahoo!, "The Divorce Custody Arrangement That Benefits Kids Most," Beth Greenfield, April 28, 2015

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