Studies Show Children Might Benefit from Open Access to Both Parents

August 16th, 2016

If you have children and are going through a divorce in Portland OR, our attorney has put together some information from studies related to parenting, children, and divorce.

Happy father and daughter having fun together, family time concept

These studies indicate that children of divorce don’t necessarily want a tightly scheduled custody plan, but open access to both parents. They want to be able to see either parent, regardless of who has custody, whenever they want.

There is a plethora of studies echoing this sentiment. While not definitive, these studies do give parents something to think about.

For example, the American Psychological Association says children of divorce, who spend time with both parents, are better adjusted than children of divorce who only spend time with one parent.

Respected Baltimore psychologist, Robert Bauserman, says spending time with each parent is more important than living arrangements.

A possible reason is that both parents play a key role in a child’s development, not just the mothers. Fathers generally teach impulse control, memory, and situational flexibility.

Studies also say that children who are close to their fathers do better academically than children with absent fathers. Dad also plays a role in whether or not a child experiments with drugs.

Of course, these are just studies. They are not to be taken as gospel. Also, the studies assume there’s no abuse, addiction, or domestic violence involved.  Furthermore, every child and situation is different, so make sure to evaluate your unique circumstances when developing a parenting plan.

If you’re going through a divorce in Portland OR and need help with your custody and visitation arrangements, contact Ronald Johnston here.

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