Phoenix Child Custody Attorney

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At our firm, we pride ourselves on providing the representation families need to maneuver a wide range of circumstances. Our counsel is backed by more than 20 years of dedicated practice in family law and has been an asset to numerous clients in a variety of circumstances. Don't wait to contact our firm to receive a consultation. With an unwavering focus on individual needs, our divorce lawyer in Phoenix can help you seek a favorable ruling in the most complicated circumstances.

If there is a disagreement over visitation rights, child support, or other child custody-related matters, then you need an experienced Phoenix child custody 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.

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How Is Child Custody Determined in Arizona?

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

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.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is a parent's right to make decisions on their child's behalf. While this may not be the first thought that comes to mind when considering custody, it is exceedingly important for determining the quality of a child's life. If awarded legal custody, a parent will retain the ability to influence the important choices affecting their child's well-being.

Any of the following decisions fall under legal custody:

  • Where the child will attend school
  • Who will serve as the child's doctor or dentist
  • Where they will seek emergency care
  • Where the child will attend church
  • Anything that significantly affects a child's welfare

Types of Custody Arrangements

For the most part, state law favors joint custody arrangements, as these tend to be most beneficial for children after divorce. Unfortunately, not every parent can be trusted to make decisions that benefit their child. If a parent has a history of violence, substance abuse, or other unfavorable behavior, they may lose access to one or both types of custody.

A parent may receive any of the following types of custody:

  • Sole custody
  • Sole physical custody
  • Sole legal custody
  • Joint custody
  • Joint physical custody
  • Joint legal custody

Arizona law mandates that any custody arrangement be decided with your child's welfare as the highest priority. Steven N. Cole, LLC can help you work toward a plan that aligns with your desires and your child's needs. Likewise, if you decide that your plan no longer suits your family's needs, we are available to help you negotiate new terms of custody that better serve your child.

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 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 Maricopa County childcustody lawyer and to begin the process of pursuing the results that you need for your future.