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New Research Study Supports Shared Custody for Divorced Couples

On behalf of Sparkman Law Firm posted in Child Custody on Thursday, September 7th, 2017.

With the important exceptions for children who need protection from a negligent or an abusive parent, a new study out of Wake Forest University, indicates that shared parenting may benefit various families in the position of attempting to determine a custody arrangement. Knowing your rights and the various child custody outcomes in your case before you start is very important. 

 

Child custody is often one of the most hotly contested aspects of any divorce and it comes as no surprise that any parent who is engaging in this process that determining how much time children will spend with each parent after the divorce concludes is a vital component that can lead to significant arguments. A primary reason for inequity in time sharing, is a long-held belief by judges that divorcing parents and their appropriate conflict will cause too much stress for children.

 

This makes it difficult to establish shared parenting arrangements because it will put children in the middle of arguments and may even force them to side into one parent against another. However, a study that looked at 44 recently published studies on divorce, explored the question about to what extent cooperative co-parenting relationships benefited the children and what would happen to the children if they spend at least 35% of their time with each parent in a shared parenting scenario. It turns out that there is a lack of support for the belief that poor co-parenting and high conflict automatically leads to poor outcomes for children. The study was recently published in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. The research study manager believes that the focus going forward should be developing policies and programs that help to strengthen children’s relationship with each parent and to minimize their exposure to conflict.

It turns out that there is a lack of support for the belief that poor co-parenting and high conflict automatically leads to poor outcomes for children. The study was recently published in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. The research study manager believes that the focus going forward should be developing policies and programs that help to strengthen children’s relationship with each parent and to minimize their exposure to conflict.

 

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