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:
- Physical custody
- 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.