When you and your significant other part ways and share children together, you may decide to have one parent assume primary custody, or you may decide to split custody between you. For some, joint custody arrangements are ideal, because they give a child an opportunity to remain close with both parents. For others, though, transitioning into a joint custody arrangement may involve a significant period of adjustment.

According to Time, joint custody arrangements are actually highly advantageous for most children who have divorced parents. Thus, if you count yourself among those who would rather have your child living in your home at all times, it may benefit you to know that your custody arrangement may prove highly beneficial in terms of your child’s emotional, physical and mental development.

More specifically, a study examining how children fare when they have different residential arrangements reveals some important information about certain custody arrangements. While research shows that children who live in two-parent homes typically exhibit the fewest psychosomatic problems, children whose parents have divorced typically benefit most when they spend time in the homes of both parents.

Kids with divorced parents who spent time living in the homes of each parent were less likely to say they had problems sleeping. They were also less likely to have appetite issues or problems with concentration, and they were also statistically less likely to experience headaches or stomachaches than their peers living exclusively with one parent or the other. The results of the study also refute a common belief that parents who share custody cause children avoidable stress by making them move back and forth between homes. Find more about child custody issues on our webpage.