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Time with both parents may help solve child custody issues

When married couples with children divorce, they've often got their work cut out for them with regard to developing amicable parenting plans. Arizona parents may be interested in results from various studies that suggest there may be a way to help children better adapt to new lifestyles when their parents decide they no longer want to be married to each other. Years ago, it was often assumed that mothers would get physical custody of their children. Nowadays, many fathers have child custody privileges as well.

In fact, studies show that the best way to help children bounce back after their parents divorce is for the court to mandate equal time spent with both parents. This is sometimes called shared parenting or co-parenting; no matter what title is applied, the process itself may be a viable option for those hoping to decrease the amount of stress their kids experience when they divorce. This option would obviously not even be considered in situations where a particular parent's contact with children has been deemed a detriment to their well-being.

Some people disagree with shared-parenting ideas, saying children are better off if they live with one parent only. Those who support this mindset say it is a more stable environment. Shared-parenting advocates, on the other hand, believe children need as much time with both parents to help them navigate their emotions as they come to terms with the fact that their parents are no longer married.

One researcher said she believes children are better off having ample time with both parents, even if those parents argue a lot. Quality time trumps everything else, this psychologist says. An Arizona parent with questions about this type of child custody arrangement may request a meeting with an experienced family law attorney for answers.

Source: bostonherald.com, "Shared parenting improves divorce outcome for kids", Gail Rosenblum, Sept. 10, 2017

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