Divorcing parents in Florida have lots of decisions to make, and one of the biggest relates to child custody. If you are wondering whether your child should stay mostly with you or move back and forth in a shared - or joint custody - arrangement, you may want to consider a study Swedish researchers released in 2015.
Published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the study found that children "in joint physical custody...report better psychosomatic health than children living mostly or only with one parent." Researchers explored this topic because many parents had grown concerned that moving back and forth between homes was too stressful for their kids. If this describes you, notice what the scholars discovered.
Interesting details they uncovered include that girls and boys are unique in their responses to the stress of their nuclear family splitting up. Girls, for example, tend to be sad, unable to sleep well and prone to headaches. Boys, on the other hand, have trouble concentrating as well as difficulty with sleep. Do your children have any of these symptoms?
While all kids may sometimes be sad or have a headache even when their families remain intact, researchers found that those who end up staying mostly with just one of their parents have significantly greater symptoms than those in joint custody arrangements. The findings led to the realization that boys and girls need to be in relationship with both parents to have the greatest chance of emotional health. Losing ties with you or your former spouse as the result of a custody battle is a loss that may be too difficult for some kids to bounce back from.
This information solely aims to educate about the benefits of joint custody and does not intend to provide legal advice.