Phoenix Child Custody Lawyers
Passionate Representation from Arizona Family Law Attorneys
One of the many issues divorcing families face is determining child custody.
Couples going through both
contested divorce and
uncontested divorce might disagree on how they would like to split custody of their children.
Child custody matters can be extremely sensitive and unique to each family,
which is why it is so important to choose a compassionate Arizona
family law attorney dedicated to helping families come to a mutual child custody agreement.
Whether you are in the middle of a divorce or you are seeking to modify
current child custody orders, the Phoenix child custody lawyers of Arizona
Family Law Attorneys are ready to help you.
Work with attorneys passionate about providing your family the
best legal options available. Call today!
How Do Arizona Courts Determine Child Custody?
Most Arizona courts determine child custody based on what is in the best
interests of the children. While this is the most common way to determine
custody, family courts also factor in the following:
- Child’s age and sex
- Mental and physical health of the child
- Mental and physical health of the parent
- The lifestyle of the parent requesting custody
- How granting custody will affect the child’s current life
- Whether or not the parent will be able to provide for the children
Types of Child Custody
When considering child custody, family court judges are required to start
at joint custody and base their child custody ruling on evidence presented.
Before choosing which custody you would like our Phoenix child custody
lawyers to build a case around, it is important to understand the responsibilities
of each type.
Joint Custody – When Arizona family courts grant joint custody it means both parents agree
to work together in making their child’s transition as smooth as
possible. Joint custody could mean children split their time 50/50 between
two households or spend weekends at mom’s while weekdays would be
spent at the other parent’s house. Parents with joint custody are
required by state law to draft a plan detailing their arrangement.
Sole Custody – If a judge believes it is in the best interests of the child to grant sole
custody, they will. Generally, Arizona family law judges do not award
sole custody of the children to one parent unless there is substantial
evidence that the other parent is an unfit caretaker. This could be due
to drug or alcohol abuse but can also be if one parent has started living
with a new partner, and that partner is deemed an unfit guardian by the court.
Legal Custody – If a parent is awarded legal custody, this means they are entitled to make
decisions regarding this children’s school, religious upbringing,
health care, and other needs.
What is a Parenting Plan?
According to Arizona law, parents must create and sign a parenting plan
if they desire to file for joint legal custody. Once the plan is complete,
the court reviews the document, and it is included in their custody order.
Parenting plans must include:
- Detailed outline of how parents plan to educate their children
- What type of health care both parents plan to provide for their children
- How decisions regarding major medical procedures should be handled
- Religious upbringing
- A housing plan or schedule of switching custody
- An outlined method of resolving disputes
- A signed statement that joint custody does not always mean equal time spent
Let Our Phoenix Child Custody Attorneys Help You
If you are going through a divorce, determining child custody can be a
stressful topic. At Arizona Family Law Attorneys, we understand how important
spending time with your children during their formative years is. Our
Phoenix child custody lawyers are prepared to do whatever we can to help
ensure you get to spend the time you need with your children.
Schedule a consultation with our legal team today.