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Visitation may be in to preserving parent/child bond in Nevada

Many parents of young children who are unhappy in their marriage believe that ending the union while the children are small is the best course of action. This is an understandable approach, as years spent in argument or other negative behavior patterns can surely influence a child’s life. Recently released research, however, suggests that there may be a downside to early divorce, and that children whose parents split in the first few years of their childhood can suffer a poor parent/child bond later in life. The following custody and visitation advice is offered in the hope that Nevada parents can offset this risk through a mindful parenting approach.

When deciding the terms of one’s divorce, child custody and visitation matters should take precedence over all other concerns. Determining a workable child custody solution can make life easier for all involved, especially one’s children. For this reason, custody should be negotiated separately from all other issues, and in a spirit of collaboration when at all possible.

The research supporting this approach was recently published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and looked at how divorce timing influenced parent/child relationships later in life. Specifically, two studies were conducted to determine differences in the relationships with mothers versus fathers. The findings suggest that people whose parents divorced early were less likely to consider their current relationships with their parents as reliable. Furthermore, adults were less likely to have a close relationship with the non-custodial parent, regardless of whether that parent was the mother or father.

Nevada parents who are considering divorce should take this and similar research into account when determining the details of their settlement. Maintaining a strong bond between parent and child is essential, to both parties. The surest way to do so is to ensure that the non-custodial parent has ample parenting time, through wither a shared custody agreement or significant periods of visitation.

Source: Source: Medical News Today, “Early Divorce Can Affect Parent-Child Relationships Later,” July 1, 2013

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