How does joint custody help children?

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2019 | Child Custody |

Divorcing parents in Nebraska will now have to contend with matters of child custody. While it might not be the best option for everyone, joint custody is one potential option that does have a lot of reported benefits.

Science Daily reports that some studies have suggested joint custody is actually the best option for children of divorce. They state that children (preschool age, in the quoted study) of joint divorce typically have fewer emotional, behavioral and psychological problems than their counterparts who experience sole custody.

For example, children of sole custody are observed as having trouble connecting with peers. They also have more trouble listening to authority figures and tend to get into trouble more often. As children of sole divorce age, they can continue having issues with defying authority, experiencing disconnections from their age group, and struggling to adapt to changes.

On the other hand, children of joint custody are shown to develop better coping mechanisms. They are less likely to butt heads with authority figures and more likely to befriend people in their peer groups. They have healthier problem-solving skills and seem capable of handling emotional and mental turmoil and stress in overall healthier ways.

Of course, reality rarely works out in the ideal way we picture and joint custody is not going to be a viable option for everyone. However, if it is still an option you are considering looking into, then you may want to get in contact with an attorney to seek more information on the subject.