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Child custody and its effects on your children

Divorce can often be very difficult and not just on the couple. If you are considering divorce, you may be focused on issues such as determining which one of you gets the house and where the children will live. You may be experiencing a range of emotions from anger and disappointment and even fear of the future. While you are going through this process, it is also important to remember the psychological effects the new custody arrangements will have on your children.

If you are considering divorce, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect your interests and those of your children. The right custody agreement can make a significant difference in your children's lives. An experienced attorney in the Cumming area can help you with the divorce process. Read further to find out more about child custody and its effects on your children.

Physical and legal custody

In general, there are two types of custody: legal custody and physical custody. Physical custody agreements typically address where and when the children reside. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make certain decisions about issues such as medical care and education requirements.

The effects of joint custody

In joint custody situations, both parents have physical rights to the children. Generally, this does not mean that you and your husband will rotate weeks or months. Usually, the children will live with one parent during the week and spend weekends with the other. Since both parents are able to spend significant amounts of time with the children, this is usually a much more positive experience than other custody options. The University of Missouri conducted a study that showed children raised in joint custody situations typically had higher self-esteem and were better adjusted.

The effects of sole custody

Sole custody usually involves the children living only with one parent. For example, if you have sole custody of your children, then they will live with you but be able to visit their father. While a sole custody arrangement may seem like it will reduce scheduling conflicts and possible fights, it usually has a stronger negative effect on children. Studies have shown that children from sole custody situations often suffer from behavior issues and have lower self-esteem.

If you are considering divorce and you have children, it is important to come to a custody agreement that supports their wellbeing. Legal help is available for answers to your divorce and child custody questions.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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