Michigan parents must decide on child custody matters when they divorce. This is often one of the most difficult parts of the divorce proceedings. There are many options available when determining child custody. Today we will look at joint custody, which has many potential benefits.

VeryWell Family points out some benefits of joint custody that are lesser known. These benefits center around parents, as the children are the main focus. First, parents are able to split the responsibilities of parenthood. Both parents must be disciplinary figures. Both parents can celebrate the victories in their child’s life. Both parents can comfort them through difficult times. Parents have a more even division of time and are thus present for more moments in a child’s life.

Related to that, the financial situation is more even as well. Child support payments do not take daily expenses or superfluous expenses into consideration. Because of this, the primary custodian in a sole custody situation often ends up paying much more. With joint custody, both parents must cover the expenses child support does not cover.

Of course, children also benefit from joint custody. Studies show that these children feel more stable with the presence of both parents in their lives. They are less likely to act out and get along better with peers. They do not develop defiance against authoritative figures. Some studies even suggest that they suffer from less anxiety or depression.

While joint custody does not work out for every family, it is a useful option. For people it can work for, it may be worth giving it a try.