Family law reform advocates are very happy to see the editorial board of the St Louis Post-Dispatch speaking out in support of shared parenting in “Putting dad back in the family picture following divorce.”
Recent research … shows that a flexible shared parenting arrangement, with children spending approximately equal time with each parent after divorce or separation, is the ideal. When physical custody is shared between psychologically healthy adults, children thrive.
Shared parenting encourages healthy child development, fosters better communication, discourages parents from giving the child conflicting information and reduces stress on the child by reducing parental confrontation.
[A] new Missouri law, designed to combat an anti-father bias, is the fourth of its kind in the nation.
Grandparents and other family members also suffer when they are separated from children in a divorce. Surrounding children with loving and competent adults — from father to grandparents, aunts and uncles — is the best way to help them recover a sense of balance amid the trauma.
Read the entire editorial here.