Arizona parents who are in the midst of a divorce should never forget that doing what is best for the children should drive their negotiations. Parents should carefully consider all avenues before getting involved in a full-blown child custody battle, as it takes a long time for everybody involved to adapt to the splitting up of a family. Not too long ago, it was argued that moving children between two homes was unsettling for the kids. New evidence proves the opposite.
A new study produced fresh results indicating that joint custody agreements may actually influence the health of children for the better. The study showed that children in a married family suffer less from illnesses that are considered emotionally driven. These illnesses include headaches and eating and sleeping disorders.
However, in divorced families, the type of custody arrangement seemed to determine the child’s overall well-being. According to the results, children who stay with a single parent show more symptoms relating to emotionally driven illnesses. Conversely, children living with parents who have reached a joint custody agreement fared significantly better. In the study, 22 percent of the children living predominantly with one parent reported trouble sleeping, as opposed to 14 percent of the children where a joint custody agreement was reached.
Arizona parents may find a workable solution to child custody by carefully thinking about their individual situation and how parenting duties can be fairly divided between both parties. Sometimes test driving a schedule can assist in establishing what works best. A family law attorney will be able to assist by offering advice and mediating when agreements are not forthcoming. The main aim should be to accommodate the children involved and, in this way, perhaps ensure healthy, happier children.
Source: rmhealthy.com, “Joint custody arrangements prove to be better for child’s health“, Jaclyn Hughes, Accessed on June 15 2015