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Is joint custody the best option for your kids?

As you and your spouse contemplate obtaining a Texas divorce, your children likely are your main concern. How will they handle your divorce and the breakup of their family? Will both of you continue to play a vital role in their lives after your divorce?

If the two of you can come to a joint custody agreement regarding your children, this can not only make your divorce as easy as possible on your kids, but also can ensure that both of you will continue to provide the vital parenting they so greatly need.

Joint custody benefits to kids

StatNews reports that the results of a recent study show that your kids will benefit from joint custody in the following ways:

  • They will continue to have a loving relationship with both parents.
  • They will continue to have close relationships with their extended families on both sides.
  • They will suffer less emotional trauma during your divorce process and thereafter.
  • They stand a better chance of maintaining their current school grades.
  • They stand a better chance of establishing and maintaining good peer relationships.
  • They stand a better chance of refraining from drug or alcohol useage.

Joint custody benefits to parents

A post-divorce joint custody arrangement can also benefit you and your former spouse as follows:

  • You stand a better chance of achieving and maintaining a healthy, cooperative post-divorce relationship.
  • You stand a better chance of adhering to your parenting time schedule and amicably working together when changes need to be made.
  • You will have the satisfaction or watching your kids grow up happy and content, secure in the knowledge that both of their parents love them.

Admittedly, joint custody requires that both you and your about-to-be former spouse agree to take the high road when it comes to your kids, regardless of whatever personal disagreements you may have.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.

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