Though a divorce will cause some amount of damage to your child in spite of your best efforts simply due to its nature, there are ways you can reduce the damage done. One of these ways is by opting for co-parenting rather than sole custody.
But why does co-parenting benefit your child? What about co-parenting provides them with positive gains?
Building better coping
Coparenter discusses the benefits that co-parenting can bring to the table. In essence, co-parenting allows your child to continue enjoying a foundation of support provided by both parents rather than one. Not only does this give them a bigger sense of stability, but studies also show that kids with a strong bond with both parents tend to have an easier time coping with difficult situations.
In short, simply by co-parenting your child together, you provide them with a tool they can use to cope with the divorce itself.
Reducing anxiety and depression rates
Many children can build better coping mechanisms on their own with the stability that a two-parent lifestyle provides, too. Studies also show that children in sole custody situations tend to suffer from a higher rate of anxiety and depression, and even issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.
On the other hand, children in co-parenting situations seem better equipped to handle what life throws at them without suffering from as severe a degree of mental unwellness.
Of course, the way a child copes with and handles a divorce scenario also depends entirely on who they are as people. But parents can help aid them in a faster recovery and healthier coping simply by working together to continue raising their children.