In the event of a divorce in Colorado, parents are bound to deal with the child custody process. The legal issues concerning child custody include determining the parental rights and responsibilities of each parent. But, the custody process is not limited to these, it also includes how each parent will make an adjustment and participate with one another when it comes to child rearing and care. How the parents perform their parenting duties will have an effect on the emotional and physical well-being of the child.
In fact, a study released in 2013 examined the emotional welfare of children whose parents follow a joint custody arrangement. The Fragile Families and Child Well-Being study reviewed data, which involved 5,000 U.S.-born children born between 1998 to 2000. In the study, 6.9 percent of infants under the age of 1 who had non-cohabiting parents, lived with the mother and spent one overnight a week with their father. When it came to toddlers aged 1 to 3, 5.3 percent of them spent between 1 to 35 percent of the time having overnight stays with their fathers.
After the completing the analysis, the researchers found that 43 percent of babies who spend weekly overnights with the other parent developed a more insecure attachment with their mothers, compared with the 16 percent of infants with had fewer overnight stays with their dads. When it comes to toddlers, their attachment security was due to the more frequent overnight with their dads. The researchers noted that the child's attachments to each parent could be the basis of the child's emotional welfare and future relationships in life.
The study authors assessed the significance for a child to be securely attached with both parents regardless whether the parents are divorced or unmarried. The findings also revealed that parents should do their best to maintain an emotional connection between a parent and a child.
Source: Science Daily, "Joint custody? Overnights away from home affect children's attachments", accessed on Oct. 20, 2014