April 29, 2019

Handling of overnights and very young children

Esther L. Finglass PhD, LLC

Times change and legal values change along with them. Was a time when “the tender years” doctrine defined the court’s attitude towards young children, and mothers were assumed to be the best caretakers. That’s shifted towards a trend for shared access schedules for both parents, and there is an abundance of research with school age children and adolescents supporting the conclusion that maximal time with two loving parents is beneficial for emotional health. But what of very young children? 40% of all births in this country are to unmarried parents. Approximately half of those parents don’t live together and of the other half, unmarried relationships are less stable than married ones. Moreover, 20% of marriages end in divorce within the first 5 years when there are likely to be young children in the household. This talk addresses current research and mental health considerations regarding parent access schedules for infants and toddlers, including overnights with non-residential parents.

Esther Finglass, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Owings Mills, Maryland and an adjunct appointment in the psychology department at Loyola University, Maryland. Dr. Finglass works with children, adolescents, adults and families performing psychotherapy and psychological assessment, with a specialty in parent coordination for families in transition. Dr. Finglass has a background in infant development with a focus on parent-infant attachment.

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