When children grow up with parents that are divorced, they tend to go through an emotional rollercoaster. Typically, children will realize over time that their emotional and physical needs are met better by one of their parents. That will make them more comfortable with one parent over the other. Children also tend to want to please one of their parents as well and this can cause pressure on them. Child psychiatrists tend to recommend that children live with the parent that is best at caring for them but should also have visitation with their other parent as well.
- With shared custody, children typically learn that their physical and emotional needs are satisfied by just one parent.
- Children also tend to feel more pressure with one parent than the other.
- Much of a child’s suffering in shared custody comes from constant relocation of their physical world.
“Each child realizes they must endure the difficulties, and sometimes-downright chaos, of alternate living in two places and solo with two different adults.”