Phoenix Child Custody Attorney

Let 20 Years of Experience Work for You

At Steven N. Cole, LLC, our Phoenix divorce lawyer has more than 20 years of experience helping clients through their child custody cases. We know what it takes to effectively defend your case, and we know how to help you pursue the results that you need. When there is a disagreement in divorce concerning the future of your child, the decision is made by the courts. There are many different factors that play into the decision that a judge will make, but primarily, it is the best interests of the child that are of primary concern.

If there is a disagreement over visitation rights, child support, or other child custody-related matters, then you need an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the legal process. Our firm can work to convince a judge that your desires are in the best interests of the child. We have years of experience in handling these cases.

Who decides who gets child custody?

The decision regarding who will receive custody of the children in a divorce case can cause substantial debate between the two divorcing parties. Divorce cases involving children must be handled in a cautious manner because of the sensitivities and complex factors involved. Arizona law does not favor either party, but instead looks at what is in the best interest of the child.

In Arizona, there are two types of custody:

  1. Physical custody
  2. Legal custody

Physical custody means that the parent has the right to live with the child and take care of his or her everyday needs. Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. In Arizona, child custody, both legal and physical, is regarded as "legal decision making." One or both parents could be chosen to have legal decision making power, and it is crucial that you understand how our firm can help you achieve this.

The Legal Decision Making Hearing

When it comes to making a decision regarding child custody, you will want to be represented by a knowledgeable family law attorney in Phoenix. In order to determine who will have decision making powers, there will be a hearing held by the court.

Issues that may arise during the legal decision making hearing include:

  • Physical and mental health of the parents
  • Relationship between the child and each parent
  • Child's relationships with other family members who can affect his or her best interests
  • Parents' wishes and the child's wishes
  • Which parent is the primary caretaker
  • Child abuse issues
  • Any instances of domestic violence

We are dedicated to your success, and we know what it takes to help you succeed in court. Let us help you!

Contact us for a Free Case Evaluation

Your case is important to us, and we know the elements that will be investigated in determining child custody. We have handled these cases in the past, and we know how to help you. Contact us today to discuss your situation with a Phoenix child custody lawyer and to begin the process of pursuing the results that you need for your future. We offer a free case evaluation so that you may obtain some information before making any financial commitment to our firm.