Child Custody Attorneys
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Custody arrangements and the realities of co-parenting can be complicated
and often contentious during
divorce. The courts are concerned foremost with the best interests of the child,
not the parents' animosities and disputes. How do you work things
out when tensions are so high? How do you fight for your parental rights
but shield your child from the fallout? At Arizona Family Law Attorneys,
we resolve these difficult issues every day.
Child Custody Lawyers Serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties
What else do you need to know about our Phoenix family law firm? Our legal team:
- Has been Established in 2010
- Offers affordable rates & flexible appointments
- Provides compassionate, personalized counsel
- Handles family law cases exclusively—no distractions
Our legal team provides compassion, perspective, and solutions, backed
by effective courtroom advocacy if you truly reach an impasse. Our lawyers
handle all facets of Arizona child custody law, representing mothers and
fathers in Chandler, Tempe, and Phoenix, AZ.
Understanding Custody & Visitation in Arizona
Physical custody and legal custody are separate concepts that are frequently
confused. Our Phoenix family law attorneys will walk you through your
rights under the law and how a judge would likely rule if custody is contested.
There is a trend toward shared custody, which is 50/50 or approximately
equal parenting time. In fact, under new legislation effective in 2013,
there is a presumption of shared parenting unless the parents agree to
a standard visitation or one parent can justify sole or primary custody.
Child support is reduced or eliminated under shared custody.
Here are some other forms of child custody:
Legal custody is decision-making power over a child's schooling, health care, religious
upbringing and general welfare.
Joint legal custody means that parents must communicate about daily matters and agree on major
decisions, even if the child lives primarily with one parent.
Sole legal custody means sole authority and discretion without having to consult the other parent.
Physical custody refers to the child's living situation. One parent often has primary
custody while the other parent gets visitation (usually every other weekend
and one overnight each week).
Custody litigation is expensive and often destructive. We will fight for
greater parenting time if you are concerned about being cut out of your
child's life, but sole custody is rarely granted by the court unless
there is evidence of harm or imminent harm to the child. We encourage
clients to focus instead on a realistic parenting plan.
Our Tempe Family Law Attorneys Can Help You
The parenting plan sets the specifics of legal custody and a schedule regarding
pickup / drop-off, holidays, vacations, extracurricular activities, and
other details. We strive to negotiate the best possible parenting time
arrangement in the best interests of the children.
We can also assist you with related matters such as:
- Initial custody determination in divorce
- Custody rights in paternity cases
- Parent relocation
- Post-decree modifications of custody
- Enforcement of visitation rights
- Grandparents' rights to visitation
Flexible Appointment Times. Affordable Terms.
We help clients reach the most efficient means to a resolution that is
fair and practical and in the best interest of their children. Oftentimes
we are able to reach agreements through negotiation or mediation. Other
times, these issues need to be litigated. We will do everything we can
to obtain an outcome that is aligned with your goals and wishes. Our Tempe
child support attorneys proudly offer flexible appointment times and affordable
rates for our clients!