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Whether you are in the midst of a divorce or you have just submitted your papers there are a host of issues you must tackle when creating your divorce settlement. One of the most difficult may be that of child custody. Traditionally, the judge presiding over the case will take into account several factors, such as who spent the majority of time with the kids and working situations, and make a custody ruling based on the best interests of the children. Yet, studies show the benefits children may experience when they spend a significant amount of time with both parents.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, looked at children were placed in joint-custody, sole-custody and traditional living arrangements. Researchers found that children who spent time with both parents showed fewer emotional and behavioral problems, had higher self-esteem and did better in school than kids who spent the majority of their time with one parent in a sole-custody situation.

Over a long period of time, children who spend time with both their mothers and fathers had stronger support groups, better careers and longer-lasting marriages. The belief is that each parent brings something different to the table when it comes to raising a child. While mothers provide a secure environment and nurture the children, fathers encourage exploration of new surroundings and provide safety and discipline. Furthermore, parents who share custody of children often have less negativity toward one another and have a more positive relationship, which works out better for everyone involved.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.