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Should child custody be split equally between Georgia parents?

Parents who are considering separation or divorce have a myriad of resources available to assist them with the process. When working through a divorce, those with children have to deal with forming and establishing a child custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the children. Family lawyers in Georgia can provide guidance for parents facing these issues.

Traditionally, it was thought that children of divorced parents needed to spend the majority of their time with their mother, leaving the father with substantially less time to spend with the children. More up-to-date research indicates that this is not the case, especially for those children who are quite young when their parents divorce. When time with the children is divided more equally between the two parents, children are able to form stronger and longer lasting relationships with each parent.

When this arrangement allows for overnight time with each parent, those bonds develop and deepen into something that will last into adulthood and beyond. Fathers have the opportunity to learn about their children and how to parent them, while mothers are given a break from the stress of being a single mom. Furthermore, this type of custody arrangement has a positive effect on the children, in spite of any tension between the two parents.

Georgia professionals in family law can work with parents as they create child custody agreements. This integral part of divorce may seem daunting and stressful, though it does not have to be. Professional assistance during this process can ease the tension of divorce, while leading to positive effects that last well into the future. Those considering divorce may choose to obtain assistance from attorneys in the family law field as they begin considering a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of the children involved.

Source: livescience.com, "Why Young Kids Should Spend Equal Time with Divorced Parents", Sara G. Miller, Feb. 2, 2017

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