Joint custody is by law the preferred custody arrangement when parents in Arizona divorce. These custody orders are designed with the best interests of the child in mind. While it is up to the parents to keep to the terms of the agreement, it is often best to take steps to make the matter amicable and more successful for everyone.
Even though parents develop a co-parenting agreement with the idea that they will collaborate and openly communicate for their child or children, this is not always an easy process. It can take some time to acclimate to, especially since if parents had parenting issues during their marriage, it is likely that these issues will persist post-divorce as well. This could lead to often difficult custody disputes, especially when a parent's personality disorder interferes with the co-parenting process.