Joint Custody May Be Awarded Only Where Parents Can Get Along

Solovay v. Solovay 94 A.D.3d 898, 941 N.Y.S.2d 712 (2nd Dept.,2012), echoed settled law that courts may not impose joint custody where the relationship of the parents is such that they are unable to set aside their differences and animosity for the benefit of the children: “[J]oint custody is encouraged primarily as a voluntary alternative for relatively stable, amicable parents behaving in mature civilized fashion”…“However, joint custody is inappropriate where the parties are antagonistic towards each other and have demonstrated an inability to cooperate on matters concerning the child.”