Joint custody keeps parental ties strong

Sometimes Pennsylvania couples who have shared everything for years decide to end their marriage. When they do, they have countless decisions to make about un-sharing all the things that once tied them together. One of the most important of those decisions is how to share custody of the kids.

If neither spouse has abused the children, research shows joint custody is the best arrangement. In fact, the Institute for Family Studies states explicitly: "In the 54 studies - absent situations in which children needed protection from an abusive or negligent parent even before their parents separated - children in shared parenting families had better outcomes than children in sole physical custody families." 

"Better outcomes" refers to all aspects of a child's well-being, including performance in school and balance in emotions. The IFS says interacting with both parents also gives kids better physical health and a stronger ability to maintain good relationships.

Part of the reason for this positive outcome may relate to the overall benefits of healthy relationships between parents and children. Kids grow up desiring to be close to their parents, and research confirms that strong parent-child relationships are good for both. 

In fact, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services adds, "Positive parent-child relationships are associated with higher levels of adolescent self-esteem, happiness and life satisfaction, and lower levels of emotional and physical distress." Strong relationships between parents and children also contribute to a decrease in addictive behaviors and the use of alcohol and drugs. The DHHS says parents often have stronger influence than peers in some of these important areas. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Us Now To Discuss Your Legal Needs

We know you have questions, and we will be happy to provide you with the answers and sound counsel you need. To get started, call our office in Wyomissing toll free at 888-434-9531 or fill out the form below. We will return your call or email promptly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Huckabee, Weiler & Levengood, P.C.

1136 Penn Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Toll Free: 888-434-9531
Phone: 610-285-8386
Fax: 610-378-9896
Wyomissing Law Office Map

Review Us