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Study finds that joint custody arrangements benefit kids

It goes without saying that divorce can be extremely difficult on children in Redondo Beach.. Their once stable home where they enjoyed time with both parents will be divided into two homes with limited visitation with one or both parents. Of course, divorce is oftentimes what is best not only for couples, but also for their children. Yet, to ensure a child's well-being, it is crucial that parents find a child custody and visitation agreement that they feel furthers their child's best interests.

According to one recent study, fully joint custody may be the best option for some individuals. The study, the first to analyze how custody arrangements affect children, found that children who are in joint custody situations are less stressed and have fewer behavioral problems. One of the study's authors believes that this is a direct result of these children having more access to their parents, which, in turn, allows the parents and children to develop a stronger bond. It also allows both parents to take an active role in raising the child.

Of course, there are limitations to this study. Most obviously, it was conducted in Sweden. Although this does not discredit the study's findings, it shows that the study did not take cultural differences into account when making findings. However, many believe that this study will hold similar results when conducted in the United States.

However, regardless of what studies say, joint custody isn't right for every family. Those who want to explore the idea of seeking sole custody, or battling a sole custody claim in hopes of obtaining joint custody, should discuss the matter with a family law attorney of their choosing. After all, it may take putting forth some compelling evidence to ensure that a child's best interests are as fully protected as possible.

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