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
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.