While custody arrangements are often a controversial subject for divorcing Connecticut parents, a recently-published study that was conducted in Sweden shows evidence that children do better when they spend time living with both parents. While it is a commonly-held belief that shared custody arrangements are more stressful to children due to frequent moves, the study showed that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, children in shared custody arrangements showed fewer psychosomatic problems than children who lived exclusively with one parent.
One researcher involved with the study suggested that the stress of living in two different homes is outweighed by the benefit of having regular contact with both parents. He also suggested that the reason for this benefit may be the increased involvement of both parents. Children in shared custody arrangements are also exposed to two different social circles and have access to two different sets of material possessions and financial assets.
In the United States, joint custody arrangements are not as common as they are in Sweden. However, the director of the National Parents Organization has stated that the benefits of having access to both parents on a regular basis clearly outweigh the drawbacks of moving from one home to another.
Custody and visitation are often complicated matters with many factors at play, from the difficulties of relocation to the best interests of the child. Whether a joint custody agreement is reached or a parent is arguing for sole legal ad physical custody, the process can be difficult to navigate. A family law attorney can often assist a divorcing parent in negotiating an agreement that the court will find acceptable.