California parents like you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to deal with your own personal matters such as asset division, but you have to handle your child’s affairs, too. You will need to decide custody, visitation rights and schedules, and more. Today, we will take a look at one of these custody options: joint custody.

Joint custody is often touted as one of the better options for a child of divorced parents. Divorce Magazine lists out some of the many benefits of joint custody. In general, children of joint custody seem to do better in the aftermath of a split than their sole custody peers. They tend to:

  • Have more stable social relationships
  • Have fewer psychological problems or issues like anxiety and depression
  • Do better in school
  • Be less likely to engage in risky behavior, such as drinking or smoking
  • Have better relationships with both parents

Children of joint custody seem to be better at adapting because they still have a familiar foundation. As with children of sole custody, their family dynamic does change. However, both parents are still present and active participants in their life. When they feel this support, they are less likely to lash out, act out, and shut out either parent.

Children of joint custody are also shown to develop better coping skills. These skills often stay with them throughout their lifetime, as well. Unfortunately, joint custody is not always an option for every family. But for those it is possible for, it might be a good option to consider.