Parents going through divorce have more than their own personal affairs to worry about. They also have to worry about the health and well-being of their child.
To this end, it is important to put the proper amount of time into looking over custody options. After all, how you choose to handle custody could impact your child for the rest of their life.
The root of a child’s concerns about divorce
Psychology Today discusses the benefits of joint custody. Joint custody allows for your child to reap several benefits, most of them relating to the stability that joint custody can provide.
Most children who experience fear during the divorce of their parents can later tie that fear back to a worry about the stability of their life. They do not want to think about major changes happening, nor do they want to consider an unstable future.
Joint custody provides a guarantee that they will still have each parent in their life, present and providing as much love and care as before. This can go a long way in easing anxieties and worries.
Improvements in mental health
It can also help with overall mental health. Studies show that children of joint custody tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression in the aftermath of a divorce. They also have fewer instances of trauma and stress-based disorders.
On top of that, these children reportedly form better habits and good coping mechanisms. They lash out at peers less, get into fewer confrontations with authority figures, and as adults, they tend to struggle less with addiction and unhealthy relationships.
Thus, choosing joint custody now could have a lingering positive effect on your child for life.