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What type of child custody is best for the child?

Kentucky parents have likely asked themselves what will benefit their child the most plenty of times throughout the divorce. This question becomes particularly poignant when it comes to child custody, as the living arrangements decided there will impact a child for the rest of their life.

Time Magazine states that this may be untrue. Joint custody can actually be less stressful to the child, which goes against a mainstream theory that the constant moving and changes involved with joint custody will not allow the child to find a healthy, stable home life. Living with just one parent, otherwise known as sole custody, may actually cause more stress. Reportedly, psychosomatic problems were highest in children who lived with one parent only. Psychosomatic symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Sleep issues
  • No appetite
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches and stomachaches

These are all considered potential symptoms of stress. Children who were part of nuclear families, or families with parents who are still married, had the fewest number of cases involving these symptoms. While the symptoms were present in children of divorced parents who visited and contacted both parents, this group still had fewer children affected than those who came from a single-parent situation.

From this study, it may be possible to say that going between two households isn't as important for a child's mental health as being in contact with both parents. More studies will likely need to be done, however, and in the end your child's situation is unique to them and must be monitored accordingly.

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