This new model is in line with what Utah Custody Evaluators have been recommending in situations where both parents are fit. In addition, the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health did a study of various custody arrangements and determined that children that spent significant time with both parents were less stressed and less prone to delinquent behavior. See Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children?
Utah is at the forefront of shared parenting as it is one of the first states to pass a shared-parenting law. Nearly 20 other states are considering similar legislature, and I'm sure will look to Utah's example and model in determining whether the law is beneficial. But regardless of what other states do, it appears non-custodial parents and children in Utah will benefit from the new legislation.
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