The growing consensus that Joint Physical Custody is in the best interests of children is the topic of this blog post.
A recent article in the July/August 2018 issue of Nebraska Lawyer Magazine written by Linda L. Nielsen, Ph.D discusses the consensus that Joint Physical Custody is in the best interests of children.
Linda Nielsen is a Professor of Adolescent and Educational Psychology at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. She is an internationally recognized expert on shared physical custody research and father-daughter relationships. In addition to her seminars for family court and mental health professionals, she is frequently interviewed on the topic of shared parenting by journalists, including Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal.
The article is several pages long but the conclusion of the article is that “These 60 studies reflect the consensus of an international group of 110 scholars and mental health practitioners and a group of 12 renowned researchers: JPC is in children’s best interest, absent situations such as substance abuse or violence, which pose a danger to children even when their parents are still together.”
The article states in relevant part that,
“JPC is generally linked to better outcomes than SPC for children, independent of parental conflict, family income, or the quality of children’s relationships with their parents. Parents do not need to have a low conflict, communicative coparenting relationship or mutually agree to JPC at the outset in order for children to benefit from JPC. Nor is there reliable evidence that children under the age of four are harmed by or do not benefit from JPC or frequent overnighting. These 60 studies reflect the consensus of an international group of 110 scholars and mental health practitioners and a group of 12 renowned researchers: JPC is in children’s best interest, absent situations such as substance abuse or violence, which pose a danger to children even when their parents are still together.” Nielsen, L. (2018) The Nebraska Lawyer July/August 2018 issue 39, 44 (citing Braver, S. & Lamb, M. (2018). Shared parenting after parental separation: The views of 12 experts. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 59, 372-387. [Special issue on shared parenting]; Warshak, R. (2014). Social science and parenting plans for young children Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 20, 46-67.
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