Almost since the modern system of divorce around the world has been in place that basically left judges to decide on the primary custody of children, there have been visitation arrangements made where the non-custodial parent gets at least a portion of the overnight stays with those children of the marriage. However, a recent study in Australia concludes that this system of having children who are two years old and younger staying with non-custodial parents overnight can be harmful for them.
Specifically, this study that was partially funded by the government stated that when small children regularly spend nights away from their primary caregiver, they can encounter high amounts of stress with regards to the unfamiliarity of their surroundings and the disconnect that forms between the child and the custodial parent. On a long-term basis, this can lead to what have been described as serious problems for that child.
While this study that was partially funded by the Australian government does not carry any actual legal weight with that country’s divorce system, it is likely going to influence the decisions of many judges when it comes to custody and when it comes to the general visitation guidelines that are ordered as part of the divorce cases that are completed there. As would be expected, many groups and individuals are challenging these findings out of concern for the non-custodial parents and the potential for a less bonded relationship between those children and those non-custodial parents.
San Diego Child Custody Lawyers
While the results of this study have clearly made waves in the legal community in Australia, there is no sign that these findings will carry any significant weight with the American legal community and the divorce and child custody laws that are currently in place. However, that does not mean that fathers who face a child custody battle should not take as many steps as possible to prepare for this legal situation.
If you are facing the possibility of a divorce and you’re concerned about the potential result, you need to seek the help of San Diego child custody lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years. Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.