Sept. 3, 2018-Fabricius et al have published an important study that evaluates Arizona’s legislative amendments to parenting time regimes.

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Fabricius et al have published an important study that evaluates Arizona's legislative amendments to parenting time regimes. Here is the headnote:

The current study presents the findings of an evaluation of Arizona's 2013 revisions to the child custody statutes that directed courts to "maximize" the child's parenting time with both parents. A state-wide survey of the four family law professions (i.e., conciliation court staff, judges, mental health providers, and attorneys) assessed their perceptions of the law 4 years after implementation. We averaged the ratings across the four professions to obtain a comprehensive perspective that gave equal weight to each profession. Results revealed:

1. that the law functions as a rebuttable presumption of equal parenting time;

2. that it is evaluated positively overall and in terms of children's best interests;

3. that it is has a neutral impact on legal and interparental conflict; and

4. that it has led to small increases in allegations of domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse.

William V. Fabricius, Michael Aaron, Faren R. Akins, John J. Assini & Tracy McElroy (2018): What Happens When There Is Presumptive 50/50 Parenting Time? An Evaluation of Arizona's New Child Custody Statute, Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, DOI:10.1080/10502556.2018.1454196

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