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New study may affect choices regarding parenting plans

Research from a new study suggests that it is beneficial for young children who live with their mother to have overnight time with their father after the parents have divorced. The study's lead author is an associate professor of psychology at an out of state university. He said that overnight time that fathers spend with infants and toddlers after divorce benefited the relationships the children had with both their fathers and mothers. The results of this study have the potential to impact Texas parents' choices regarding parenting plans

There was a correlation between children who spent overnight time with their fathers during infancy or their toddler years and those who had better relationships with both parents at ages 18-20. Children who had not had overnights, however, did not, the researcher reported. This was also true whether these visits were agreed upon by both privates or court-ordered and whether the parents reported having experienced either high or low levels of conflict within the first five years from the beginning of their divorce.

For this study, researchers recruited 116 college-aged students who had parents that permanently split or divorced before the children had reached three years of age. Students and their parents were asked about the time they spent with one another during childhood, as well as about the current state of their relationships. The findings relate to other studies that have found that when married fathers take a more active role for infant care, they, in turn, gain heightened parenting skills, and the researchers think that this same process happens when fathers spend overnights with their kids.

Whether a divorce is settled in or out of a courtroom, it can sometimes be very complex, legally. When complex issues arise due to children, parenting plans, property, or alimony, some individuals may not know where to begin or what his or her legal rights are. When this is the case, and individuals would like help with their cases, it is common for the individuals to consult experienced Texas divorce attorneys to help them through every step of the process.

Source: health.usnews.com, "Sleepovers With Dad Can Be a Win-Win After Divorce", Robert Preidt, Feb. 3, 2017

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