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Joint custody and constant moves may be okay for kids after all

New York parents who are have child custody disputes may be swayed by the results of a recent study in Sweden. The study, which was published on April 27, put to the test the notion that kids are stressed by having to move back and forth between their divorced parents' homes. The study found that kids in joint custody situations that require moving back and forth have less stress issues than kids who live full time with a single parent after a divorce.

The study compared children aged 12 and 15 who lived in either a nuclear family, with one divorced parent, or who moved back and forth between both divorced parents. The researchers studied psychosomatic problems the children experienced including sadness, sleep problems, loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, dizziness, feeling tense, stomach aches and headaches.

The children who lived in nuclear families had the fewest problems, while the children who lived with only parent had the most. Children involved in a joint custody arrangement with back and forth moves had significantly fewer problems than children who lived full time with only one parent.

The author of the study says that the findings go against common thinking that children are stressed by having to constantly move between their parents' separate homes. He says that the recent findings indicate that having regular interaction with both parents may be more important than having one permanent home.

Every child custody case is unique, and there is no right or wrong solution for all families. Judges consider each situation carefully and render decisions that they believe are in the child's best interest. Child custody cases can be emotional for all parties involved, including the children. An attorney who has experience in family law matters can be of assistance to a client who is attempting to negotiate an acceptable parenting agreement.

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