Research Question & Introduction
Research Question: Is joint custody more beneficial to a child than full custody?
This term in writing 122 my focus has been on families and more important single parent families. I chose this research question based on my personal experience with this issue. I feel as though my papers thus far have been about the benefits of helping families. I have learned that I am not alone in my struggles and that there are many people who relate to me and my situation. Now I will show you guys some articles that support my feelings on what family is to me and the benefits to the child. I have researched the pros and cons of joint and full custody on the parent and the child. Unfortunately too often we see single parent homes because the other parent is absent or in and out of the child’s life, this is where the benefits of full custody come into focus. In addition to my research on this topic I will be starting an ongoing blog where I will share my struggles and triumphs as a single mother with the hope that other people will feel as I have felt. There is always someone somewhere experiencing the same things you have. We are not alone in this world and I feel as though it’s about time everyone is made aware of this.
Research Collection and Annotations
How Many Mothers? By the census bureau
This article is a survey by the census of all types of mothers and women. I feel as though it is beneficial to see the statistics on the amount of single mothers, stay at home mothers, and working mothers. These numbers far outweigh the fathers around the world. If you scroll down to the look at the amount of single mothers there are 9.9 million single mothers with children who are younger than 18 years of age.
The fragile family is what’s discussed in the article. The difference in how a family is defined over the years is something that the article touches on throughout the article. I know that this article like many others are a bit lengthy, however the information that they consist of is very beneficial to my question.
Health: Psychology; The Children of Divorce: Joint Custody Is Found To Offer Little Benefit
By Gina Kolata journalist for the New York Times
The article above discusses the fact that joint custody doesn’t benefit the child at all it is more so for the adults. The author Gina Kolata looks closer into the effects of this type of custody in regards to divorced or separated families. The children are then forced to divide their time between both households and feel as though they are being pulled different directions. These children then have a harder time dealing with the littlest changes in their life, they also develop slower emotionally. Gina Kolata talks about the downfall to joint custody and then shines a positive light on full custody.
Joint Child Custody: Do the Advantages Outweigh the Disadvantages? By Seth Persily Atlanta Georgia divorce attorney
The advantages and disadvantages of joint custody after separation are laid out in this article. They discuss not only the pros and cons in regards to the children but the parents as well. one thing I enjoyed about this article is that they state that some of the time joint custody isn’t what’s best for couple who have separated because they are then realizing that no two couple or ex couples are alike. The decision of whether joint or full custody is more beneficial to the child ultimately comes down to the best interest of the child.
The Public Writing
I created my own blog that will have weekly updates from me about one triumph and struggle I have experienced in my hectic week.