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What Are Benefits Unique to Joint Custody?


When divorcing parents in Tennessee start to decide on custody options, you will likely be keeping your child’s best interest at the forefront of your mind. Today, we at Peterson White will discuss one of the most popular custody options and how it can benefit your family.

Joint custody is currently considered one of the best options for a child for multiple reasons. First, studies have shown that children of joint custody seem to have fewer emotional, mental and behavioral issues in the aftermath of a divorce. On the other hand, children of sole custody seem to be more likely to act out, have difficulties making friends in school, and get in trouble with authority figures.

Children of joint custody also have the added benefit of having both of their parents present in their lives to a relatively equal degree. This allows them to keep their bonds with both parental figures strong and seek support from both as needed. It may provide a stronger sense of stability. Additionally, a more stable family life tends to affect all other aspects of a person’s well-being. Children tend to be less stressed, angry, depressed, and anxious than their counterparts in sole custody situations.

Do you believe that joint custody may work for your family? If so, you can take a look at our web page on family law and custody options, linked here. There are many routes you can go and what works for one family may not work for yours, so having a professional opinion can help the decision-making process go smoothly.