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Shared parenting could be the best solution for child custody

In recent years, shared parenting has become a more popular agreement when Arizona parents decide to end a marriage. More and more states are passing new child custody laws that encourage and facilitate co-parenting arrangements. Traditionally, primary custody of children was awarded to mothers, long considered the natural caregivers. However, these days more custody rights are being given to fathers, as modern-day dads continue to take a more active role in the lives of their children.

Recent research has shown that children with involved and active fathers benefit by having more self-esteem and also perform better academically. This directly supports the notion of co-parenting. Traditional custody laws follow the age-old belief that mothers were better at raising children than fathers. However, this recent research does not support these traditional beliefs.

Another old adage was that mothers stayed home to raise the children while the dads went to work. Today, stay-at-home fathers are becoming commonplace, bucking these stereotypical, gender-defined roles. These fathers that are committed to care giving are pushing for changes in dated custody laws. Shared parenting can also be very beneficial to women, enabling them more time to further education, pursue work opportunities or invest in new relationships.

Recently, as many as 25 states have considered legislation that encourages co-parenting. Shared parenting not only benefits children, but it can also have many benefits for parents. Parents in Arizona that have questions or want to learn more about current child custody laws could benefit by consulting a knowledgeable family law attorney.

Source: The Washington Post, "More than 20 states in 2017 considered laws to promote shared custody of children after divorce", Michael Alison Chandler, Dec. 11, 2017

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