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When coparenting is not possible with a former spouse

While co-parenting may be seen as the ideal situation for parents and children after divorce, it may not be possible for some parents in Arizona. Some situations, such as the incarceration or abandonment of one parent, make it impossible. There are other situations that threaten the safety of the child. These include parents who are violent, inappropriately sexual, neglectful or addicted to alcohol or drugs. Co-parenting may also be impossible if one parent has taken out a restraining order on the other.

Awarding joint custody

For the greater part of the 20th century, the family courts in Arizona tended to favor the mothers when awarding child custody. This meant that fathers who wanted shared child custody after their divorce were often disappointed. However, in the last three decades, the manner in which the courts have begun awarding child custody cases has undergone a significant shift, with the mutual agreements that favor shared custody being encouraged.

Developing a joint custody parenting schedule that works

If joint custody is awarded to parents in Arizona, the next step is to iron out a parenting schedule that's also acceptable to both parties. It's a process meant to be about more than just divvying up parenting responsibilities: It's also an opportunity for parents to show their children that they can work together and keep their best interests in mind.

Advantages of joint custody after divorce

Parents in Arizona who get a divorce might wonder whether they should seek sole or joint custody of their children and which arrangement is in the child's best interest. Most research indicates that even for infants, a joint custody arrangement is not harmful and usually has the best outcomes for children.

Dads want equal time with their kids

In Arizona and across the country, 80 percent of the parents who are granted the custodial parenting role are women. Many children live primarily with their moms and see their dads sporadically or not at all. CNN's Lisa Ling recently spoke with dads about their quality of parenting time and how they dads the system is working for them. The men the reporter interviewed were not happy with their situations or the amount of time they got to spend with their kids.

Sharing the parenting responsibilities after divorce

When Arizona parents decide to divorce, the logistical and emotional efforts involved in co-parenting can weigh heavily. Even the most amicable of divorcing spouses can face struggles when it comes to co-parenting, as each parent has to deal with the reality of not being with his or her child full-time. By keeping several guidelines in mind, divorcing parents can help to make the journey towards successful co-parenting easier and less stressful for both themselves and their children.

How abusive parents may try to get custody of children

Some Arizona parents might be concerned during a divorce about the other parent having access to their children if that parent has been abusive. Courts generally encourage children to spend time with both parents, and in some cases, allegations of abuse might not be believed or adequately investigated.

Shared parenting is favored by most courts

Arizona parents considering divorce or already dealing with custody disputes have probably heard about shared parenting. In recent years, most jurisdictions in the U.S. have moved toward the notion that joint custody is the preferred parenting arrangement for children whose parents live separately. Studies have shown that children are more likely to prosper when both parents are active and involved in their lives.

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