The custody of children can be one of the biggest concerns in any divorce. A child’s best interest is the primary factor in all decisions made by Arizona judges during the divorce settlement process. Many state legislatures are pushing measures that would allow for child custody to be shared equally between the parents in the majority of cases.
The concept of shared parenting implies that both parents will be able to spend an equal amount of time with their children. People lobbying for shared parenting argue that the children’s interests are best protected when the time spent with one of their parents is not significantly restricted. On the other hand, opponents of these changes believe that these laws would disallow judges the flexibility needed to establish the most beneficial parenting arrangements.
Measures are being taken in numerous states to either investigate shared parenting as a family law issue or to pass laws that encourages shared child custody. Although there has been progression on the issue, there is still a ways to go. Proponents on the matter are in favor of a shared custody arrangement for all divorce cases, except for those where one of the parents involved has an abusive history.
Some of these measures being taken may potentially end up reducing the negative impact that a divorce can have on children. Parents in Arizona contemplating divorce or going through one can benefit from having a thorough knowledge of ever-changing child custody laws. Divorces may be challenging, but they can also be a step toward a better future for both parents and children.
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Regardless of how complicated your case may seem, our Phoenix divorce lawyers can help. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.
Source: USA Today, Shared parenting could be new divorce outcome, Jonathan Ellis, Jan. 27, 2014