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Custody decisions: Co-parenting may be option worth considering

After making the decision to divorce, many California parents may worry about how their children will handle the situation. They will undoubtedly also worry about how to come to the best custody decisions and how those decisions will impact their kids. In best case scenarios, co-parenting may be an option to consider.

It was recently reported that research was conducted involving 1,500 families and focused on how well individuals co-parented. They also looked at how this co-parenting quality affected the stress levels kids faced. Results indicated that families who had a difficult time continuing to co-parent had children who presented externalized behavioral issues, such as aggression. The study also indicated that the children may also face more stress when a new romantic partner moves in with the family because it puts increased strain on co-parenting relationships. 

One woman gave her account of how she believes co-parenting has affected her family. She stated that her kids have "teenager stuff" that they go through, but she does not feel that her children blame the divorce for issues they may face.

Additionally, she indicated that though she was bitter at the time of the divorce, she and her ex have developed an amicable relationship for the sake of the kids, and they even try to have the entire family together at least one time a year.

Many research studies tend to indicate that children do better when they have both parents in their lives. Of course, making custody decisions and considering co-parenting can be difficult for any California parent. Therefore, it may prove better for individuals to consider their personal family matters as well as their custody options to determine what arrangements may work best for their circumstances. 

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