22 May Study Finds Joint Custody after Divorce Limits Stress for Children
Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful events you can experience. But as stressful as it may be for the divorcing couple, it’s often worse for young children who are trying to cope with the upheaval that has just entered their lives. Fortunately, you can play an important role in limiting the stress your children experience by the way you handle the process.
In particular, it’s crucial for children to spend meaningful quality time with both parents. This will help them maintain strong relationships with you and your estranged spouse, and it sends the message that both of you are putting your children first, even during difficult times. One of the best ways to ensure that this meaningful quality time occurs is by agreeing to a joint custody arrangement.
A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community found that children who live with both parents have less problems and experience less stress following a divorce. The study, which was conducted in Sweden, evaluated stress indicators such as sleep issues, concentration problems, headaches, and feelings of tension or sadness. Children who lived with both parents demonstrated vastly fewer of these issues than children who spent time primarily with one parent.
While going through a divorce, it’s easy to get consumed by the acrimonious disputes you and your spouse are experiencing. However, it’s crucial that you both continue to place your children first throughout the entire process. This is the most effective way to help them cope with an extremely traumatic situation.
Jeffrey M. Bloom has been handling divorce matters for individuals in the West New York area for more than 20 years. When it comes to child custody matters, he will always strive to place the best interests of your children first, and he’ll help you craft a joint custody agreement that allows your children to maintain meaningful relationships with both parents.
If you need assistance with a child custody matter, please contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom using the form at the top of the page or call (855) 208-3650 today to schedule a consultation. Mr. Bloom serves clients in West New York, and throughout Hudson County and Bergen County, New Jersey.