The Advantages of Primary Physical Custody

October 18, 2023

Custody Effects on Children

When parents go through a divorce or separation, one of the most difficult decisions they have to make is determining custody arrangements for their children. While there are different types of custody, primary physical custody is often seen as the most beneficial for children. According to NLM, youth who experience more positive interactions with parents are better adjusted and have been linked to lower levels of depressive symptoms, risky behavior, and physical health problems. We understand that the early decisions you make for your children can have a significant impact on the people they become and rest assured our legal team is here to help.

What is Primary Physical Custody?

Before diving into the primary custody benefits, let's define primary physical custody. Primary physical custody in Colorado is when one parent has the majority of the physical custody of the child, implying the child lives with that parent for the majority of the time. This parent is often called the custodial parent, while the other parent is the non-custodial parent. Also, we always recommend you consult with a custody attorney. Know that our Family Law Johnson Law Group Colorado and Johnson O'Keefe Illinois team is available anytime. Our team will discuss your primary custody legal rights during your initial consultation. Click here to consult with our Colorado Family Law Attorneys or here for our Illinois Family Law Attorneys.

A Closer Look at Custody and the Impact on Children

Amidst various types of custody, primary physical custody is frequently regarded as the most beneficial for children. In this article, our custody team discusses the benefits of primary physical custody and why it might be the optimal choice for your child.

Primary Physical Custody

Stability and Routine

One of the main benefits of primary physical custody in Colorado is the stability and routine it provides for children. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, children thrive on consistency, and having a set schedule can help them feel secure and safe. Children develop relationships with the people they are exposed to and gain a sense of belonging and self-confidence. With primary physical custody, the child knows where they will be living and who they will be with on a regular basis, which can help reduce anxiety and stress.

Stronger Bond with the Custodial Parent

When a child spends most of their time with one parent, they can form a stronger bond with that parent. This bond is crucial for a child's emotional and psychological development. The custodial parent is often seen as the primary caregiver, providing for the child's daily needs and being the main source of emotional support. This strong bond can also help the child feel more comfortable and secure in their new living situation. If you are looking to obtain primary custody in Colorado, our team is available to consult with you on your specific case.

Consistent Parenting Style

With primary physical custody, the child is exposed to a consistent parenting style from the custodial parent. This means that rules, expectations, and discipline are consistent, which can help the child understand boundaries and expectations. In circumstances where parents have different parenting styles, this consistency can be especially beneficial for the child's well-being.

Less Disruption in Daily Life

Primary physical custody also means less disruption in the child's daily life. They do not have to constantly adjust to different living arrangements or schedules, which can be stressful and overwhelming for a child. This stability can also help the child maintain relationships with friends and other family members, as they are not constantly moving between households.

Better Academic Performance

Studies have shown that children with primary physical custody tend to have better academic performance compared to those with joint physical custody or sole physical custody. This is likely due to the stability and routine that primary physical custody provides, allowing the child to focus on their studies without the added stress of constantly moving between households.

Reduced Conflict

One of the biggest benefits of primary physical custody is the potential for reduced conflict between parents. When one parent has the majority of the physical custody, there is less opportunity for disagreements and conflicts to arise. This can create a more peaceful and stable environment for the child, which is crucial for their well-being.

Is Primary Physical Custody Right for Your Child?

While primary physical custody may have many benefits, it is not always the best option for every child. Every family situation is unique and it is important to consider what is best for your child's specific needs. Here are some factors to consider when determining if primary physical custody is the right choice for your child:

Age and Developmental Stage of the Child

The child's age and developmental stage should be considered when determining custody arrangements. Younger children may benefit from primary physical custody as they are more dependent on their primary caregiver. Older children may have more input in the decision and may prefer a more equal split of physical custody.

Relationship with Each Parent

The relationship between the child and each parent should also be considered. If the child has a stronger bond with one parent, primary physical custody may be the best option. However, if the child has a strong relationship with both parents, joint physical custody may be a better choice.

Ability to Co-Parent

Co-parenting is crucial for the success of any custody arrangement. If you and your ex-partner are able to communicate and work together to make decisions in the best interest of your child, primary physical custody may be a good option. However, if there is a high level of conflict between you and your ex-partner, joint physical custody may be a better choice to ensure both parents have equal involvement in the child's life.

Why Primary Physical Custody Matters

Primary physical custody can have many benefits for children, including stability, a stronger bond with the custodial parent, and reduced conflict. However, it is important to consider your child's unique needs and your family situation when determining custody arrangements. Ultimately, the goal should be to create a safe and stable environment for your child to thrive in, and primary physical custody may be the best option to achieve this.

Contact Your North Star: Johnson Law Group

If you are considering filing for primary custody, contacting an experienced custody attorney who can help you navigate the process is important. Johnson Law Group and JohnsonO'Keefe have helped countless individuals through the custody process and can help you too. Contact us today for an initial complimentary family law consultation. Our team will be there with you every step of the way to take care of your specific legal needs so that you can focus on moving your family forward.

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Written by Family Law Attorney Myles S. Johnson
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