Dealing with child custody decisions in Arizona is not an easy task. There are many different factors that are analyzed to ultimately determine what is in the best interest of the child. A child custody determination is a very fact-specific process that looks into the child's needs and who can best provide for those needs. Sometimes both parents can provide for the child's needs and joint custody is granted, which is a preferred situation for most children.
However, there are certain situations in which joint custody is not in the best interests of the child. One of those instances may be if one of the parents has a substance abuse problem. If a parent is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it makes it very difficult for the parent to take care of himself or herself, much less the children.