New Jersey parents like you want what is best for your child. This is especially true in times of hardship, such as when you and a co-parent are going through divorce.
In these situations it can feel difficult or impossible to provide your child with that relief and support, but it is not impossible. There are things you can do to make the transition easier, including what type of custody arrangement you go for.
Children of joint vs. sole custody
Divorce Magazine discusses some of the benefits shared custody has for both you and your child. First of all, studies have shown that children who spend at least 35 percent of their time with both parent have an easier time than children who do not. Some of the areas in which they excel include:
- Scholastic studies, schoolwork, and grades
- Psychological and social wellness
- Coping with anxiety and stress
Forming solid foundations with joint custody
They are also less likely to suffer from depression and use alcohol, drugs or smoke. On top of that, they tend to have good relationships with both you and your co-parent moving forward into the future. This creates a more solid foundation for the rest of their life, providing them with much-needed stability and a sense of security.
It also benefits you and your co-parent, as it allows you to avoid the stress of a single parent household and lifestyle. This way, you get to split the burdens and joys of parenthood, along with the financial cost of raising a child. This helps lower tension between divorcees. It can overall improve the post-divorce relationship you share.