Divorcing parents in Mississippi have their kids to worry about. How will you handle support payments? What about child custody arrangements and visitation schedules? It is a lot to focus on. Today we will look at joint custody. This is a form of custody that may benefit you and your loved ones.
VeryWell Family looks into lesser known benefits of joint custody. Some of these benefits revolve around the parents. Parents will always be second in line when it comes to making custody arrangements. Courts always consider the child first. They make decisions based on what will benefit them. But parents reap benefits as well.
For example, in a situation of joint custody, each parent has more time to themselves. This is important in the aftermath of the divorce. It gives parents time to get back on their feet. They are able to find some emotional stability. It helps them re-center themselves after such a big change in their lives. This allows them to be better, more present parents for their child.
It also allows parents to split the financial burden of raising a child in a more even way. Child support payments help pad the primary carer’s pocket. But it is not a substitute for two parents sharing custody and financial expenses. Child support payments often do not take non-essential or daily expenses into consideration. These things stack up fast and cost a lot. Sharing custody allows you to share these expenses.
Of course, last but not least, joint custody benefits children. Many studies show that children of joint custody have fewer behavioral problems. Joint custody can, therefore, be beneficial to all parties.