Public News Service: Group Gives Arizona Top Marks for Shared Child Custody Policies

September 23, 2019

PHOENIX – A parents’ rights group rates Arizona one of the top states for policies that encourage shared parenting in child custody cases.

National Parents Organization recently issued a report card on family court policies that gave more than a third of U.S. states a failing grade for not giving both parents equal access to their children.

Ginger Gentile, the group’s deputy executive director, says NPO gave only two states – Arizona and Kentucky – a grade of ‘A’ for statutes that promote shared parenting.

“Most states are still failing their children by not ensuring that parents have equal access as the default,” she points out. “This means parents have to go to court to fight to see their children, or if they cannot afford to go to court, they might lose out on access altogether.”

Gentile says the group promotes joint custody arrangements, where both parents have equal standing in raising children after a separation or divorce.

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