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How does joint custody benefit a child’s mental health?

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2020 | family law |

Florida parents like you want what is best for your child. Sometimes, this is hard to figure out. This is especially true in situations like divorce. It is hard to strike a balance between what works for your family and what benefits your child. 

Studies show that joint custody is one of the most beneficial types of custody. It can have a positive impact on your loved one’s mental health. 

Joint custody improves peer connections 

VeryWell Family looks into some of the lesser known benefits of joint custody. Among those include benefits to your child’s mental health. For example, studies show that a stable home life allows for better connections. Children can connect with peers easier. Not only that, but they argue with authority figures less. 

Children in joint custody situations have a lower rate of mental health issues, too. In particular, they suffer from a lower rate of depression and anxiety. They also suffer from a lower rate of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD affects many children of sole custody parents. Some experts believe this is due to a lack of solid support. 

Facilitation of healthy coping mechanisms 

Other studies show that children of joint custody situations develop better coping mechanisms. They are less likely to lash out at others. They are also less likely to internalize guilt. Again, experts attribute that to the presence of both parents in the child’s life. They also suggest that you reassure the child that the divorce is not their fault. Making sure children do not internalize this blame is crucial. Through this support, they may have a healthier mental state even with the divorce.