How Is Child Custody Determined in Phoenix?

The decision regarding who will receive custody of the children 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, child custody, both legal and physical, is regarded as "legal decision making." To protect your rights and your child's best interests, contact our divorce attorney in Phoenix today!

Types of Child Custody

In Arizona, there are two types of custody: physical custody and 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.

If one parent is chosen to receive sole custody, the other parent may be entitled to visitation rights. Joint custody, which establishes shared responsibilities of the child, can also be ordered. All decisions will be made in the best interest of the child.

Legal Guidance from Steven N. Cole, LLC

When it comes to making a decision regarding child custody, you will want to be represented by a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. At Steven N. Cole, LLC, our Phoenix divorce lawyer has more than 20 years of experience helping clients through their child custody cases.

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

Our firm can carefully assess your case during a free case evaluation. We can provide representation that protects your rights and safeguards your child's best interests.