Federal statistics indicate that children who are raised by only one parent are at a higher risk of not completing high school, going to prison, developing addictions or psychological issues, and even committing suicide. Fortunately, a new Missouri law making joint custody and shared parenting the norm rather than sole custody came into effect on August 28. This followed a 2015 150,000-people study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health that showed the benefits of shared parenting when it comes to the mental health of children after divorce.
Parents will no longer enter into the divorce court where one parent is already the winner and the other one the loser who has to fight for parenting time. In the future, parents will partake in the legal proceedings related to child custody as equals. Together they can draft a workable parenting plan giving both parents as close to equal time as possible.