Recent surveys of divorced households in Texas and across America have revealed some surprising findings related to custody and the wellbeing of the children of divorce. Although experts on the subject had speculated that shared custody arrangements between two parents living separately would be more difficult for the child involved, the mental health surveys reveal a different story.
Researchers studied approximately 150,000 American children at the ages of 12 and 15, paying careful attention to their psychosomatic health issues and how they relate to the children’s living circumstances. Symptoms such as sleep problems, difficulty with concentration, headaches and stomachaches, lost appetite, feelings of tension, dizziness and depression were cataloged and compared to the parental arrangements within their home.
They found that 69 percent of the children in the survey lived in a two-parent home while 19 percent divided their time between two parents in two different locations and 13 lived with one parent alone. Psychosomatic illnesses were the least common with the children from two-parent homes. However, there was a marked decrease in such ailments among children who spent time with both parents on a regular or daily basis. The expected inconvenience that came with such complex arrangements appeared to cause less disruption to the children than trying to live without one parent entirely.
Any alteration in official child custody arrangements will require the participation of the Texas family court system. Even if the changes are mutually beneficial and agreed upon by all parties, previous arrangements may the force of law and must be formally revised. An attorney’s assistance may be welcome to those who wish to navigate the system and arrive at new custody plan with a minimum of difficulty
Source: Time Magazine, “This Divorce Arrangement Stresses Kids Out Most,” Mandy Oaklander, April 27, 2015