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Split custody can benefit parents as well as children

Anyone who is a parent in Denver knows how much time and effort go into raising children. When two parents split and share custody, it can be a huge adjustment for everyone involved. Many parents fear that having less time with their children will cause their relationship to suffer. However, some people have found that a shared custody arrangement can actually help them improve their parenting.

According to TIME Magazine, children of divorce are often happier when they get to spend with both of their parents. That may be why shared parenting arrangements are increasingly becoming more common. In the past, mothers were typically given preference when it came to custody but many courts are now aiming for split parenting to become the norm. One advantage to this is that each parent may have different strengths that they can impart on their children. Kids end up being more well-rounded because they benefit from what they learn from each parent, rather than only benefitting from the experience of one of them.

Slate also points out that some parents who share custody also feel that getting a break when their children are with the other parent enables them to be a better caregiver. Being a full-time parent makes it easy to get bogged down with all they day-to-day stuff that needs to be taken care of. Add a contentious relationship with the other parent into the mix and it is perhaps not surprising that people may find themselves unhappy.

However, once shared custody begins post-divorce and some of that stress is relieved by time off from parenting, some people are able to fully appreciate the time they do get with their children. Parenting is a difficult job and time away from one’s children is never easy. However, when everyone makes an effort and embraces the benefits of shared custody, successful co-parenting is often the result.

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