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The benefits of joint custody for children

California residents may have heard about the divorce between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Sources have stated that Jolie has requested sole primary custody of her and Pitt's six children. The divorce has brought about questions about what's best for the children. In the past, it was believed that it was better for children to remain with only one caretaker; however, most psychologists now agree that joint custody allows kids to grow up healthier and happier if they maintain meaningful relationships with both parents.

According to a 2007 study, children who lived with each parent about 35 percent of the time experienced less stress-related illnesses and other health problems compared to other children who did not. Much data also supports the "two heads are better than one" thinking. Additionally, a psychology professor at the University of Wake Forest says that each parent can contribute differently to a child's development. For instance, fathers can teach a kid how to be more physically active while mothers can teach a child how to socialize better.

Moreover, some experts have said that when one parent spends less time with a child due to custody issues, it can lead to "Disney parent" syndrome, which means that children may only see that parent as someone to play with rather than as an authority figure. This could affect the relationship a non-custodial parent has with the children since he or she may not be able to effectively bring up the children the way he or she wants to.

Joint custody allows a both parents to provide a stable environment for children while they are growing up. Depending on the circumstances, a lawyer can help a parent who wants to establish structured parenting time with a former partner.

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