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5 Benefits of Shared Parenting After Divorce


In an ideal world, no marriage would end in divorce, yet sadly, sometimes a relationship breaks down irrevocably and the only option is to go your separate ways.

Divorce is difficult enough even when there are only two parties involved but once you add children into the mix, things can get even more challenging.

That being said, if you do have children, you have even more motivation to make your divorce as amicable as possible. Starting with the issue of shared parenting.

Why is shared parenting so important after divorce?

Keep reading to find out!

1.   More balance

Think about what activities you like to do with your children? Do you favor more adventurous ones such as going to the park or swimming in the local lake? Or do you prefer quieter activities such as crafting and drawing?

One of the main benefits of shared parenting is that your children get to enjoy a balanced upbringing, with each parent bringing their own strengths to the table.

Furthermore, your children will benefit from seeing both sets of grandparents and their extended families on both sides.

2.   Happier children

Studies have shown that children who see both their parents are happier than those that don’t. In fact, the absence of a parent can lead to issues such as:

  • Insecurity
  • Lack of confidence
  • Behavioral problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Poor attendance at school
  • Youth crime

If you are having issues with your child arrangement orders such as an ex-spouse who is refusing to let you see your children despite the order, Grant Stephens Family Law can help you.

3.   Shared financial responsibility

As the saying goes “it takes two to make a baby” and therefore, it should also take two people to raise that baby and pay for anything that he or she needs. Shared parenting should include the shared responsibility of any financial outgoings for your children.

Depending on the custody agreement and how much time your children are spending with your ex-partner, you will need to work out an ongoing maintenance payment that suits all parties involved.

4.   More quality time

Bringing up children on your own can be exhausting, stressful and test even the most chilled out parent’s patience. However, the beauty of shared parenting is that you can enjoy a well-needed break and have the chance to recharge your batteries while your children enjoy quality time with their other parent.

Plus, when your children do return home to you, you will no doubt be excited and eager to spend time with them and less likely to be distracted by other elements of daily life such as household chores or your mobile phone.

5.   Less reliance on childcare

Divorce is tough enough on children without them also having to get used to spending time with strangers instead of their parents. However, if only one parent is looking after their children, using a childcare facility or hiring a childcare professional is often a necessity.

Wouldn’t it be better for your children to be spending time with their other parent when you are working or carrying out other essential tasks?

With shared parenting, you can come to a custody agreement that suits both parties, resulting in not only happier children, but also happier parents.


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