Massachusetts residents might be interested in a new study that indicates children of divorced couples suffer less stress when they spend time living with both parents. The research appears in the April 27 edition of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
When a Massachusetts couple goes through a divorce, in most cases one parent will become the custodial parent while the other parent will have visitation rights. While many non-custodial parents ensure that they visit with their children during their scheduled parenting time, others decide that they no longer want to or cannot see their children.
Parents know that good parenting requires more than just so-called quality time. Indeed, establishing a close parental rapport with a child cannot be created from short, scheduled sessions. In fact, no formula can guarantee that type of open relationship, where a child is able to talk easily to a parent without awkward or self-conscious silence, and is comfortable simply being around that parent.
Parents in Massachusetts often strive to maintain a good income. Caring for a child is often expensive and parents have to make difficult decisions surrounding their child's needs. For some, one parent will quit their job or work part-time in order to save costs associated with childcare. In addition, some families strive for a parent to be fully involved in the upbringing of their children. Although it is common, being a stay at home parent could lead to numerous challenges if the couple were to divorce.
A recent study looked into the child custody arrangements of a group of divorced Australian parents. The findings of the study may not entirely resonate with parents in Massachusetts, but they do offer insight into methods of creating child custody arrangements.
When a couple divorces, their family's daily life will likely undergo dramatic changes. One or both parents may move into a new home and a joint custody arrangement means that the children will split their time between two homes. Adjusting to moving between parents' homes may be stressful for a child.
A Florida family's custody case points to the importance of custody arrangements for families across the country, including those in Massachusetts.