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Pensando familias

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FERREIRA, Adriana do Vale et al. Parent-child quantity time: reflections on shared residential parenting. Pensando fam. [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.2, pp. 88-104. ISSN 1679-494X.

The Brazilian legislation has instituted mechanisms to encourage shared custody over the past decade; however, sole custody remains predominant. The present work had the goal to analyse empirical studies about the possible benefits and disadvantages of this modality of custody using bibliography research to elucidate that topic. The majority of these studies suggest that close contact (from one third to half of the children’s time) with both parents throughout development improves not only the children's well-being, academic performance, physical and emotional health, but also the parent-child relationship. Besides the amount of time, the occurrence of overnight stays showed importance, making possible a better interaction. There is a need to overcome the hierarchy of parental roles in the definition of child custody, as well as the notion that the permanence of the child in two homes in a similar proportion of time would be harmful.

Keywords : Shared custody; Parent-child attachment; Shared parenting; Parenting plan; Joint physical custody.

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