Types of Custody in Arizona
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Child custody legally determines how each parent will care for their child after their
marriage has ended. Because these terms influence each parent's right
to make key decisions and spend time with their children, it is a primary
concern in most divorces and modifications. Steven N. Cole, LLC can help
you seek a ruling that is optimized to meet your needs and the needs of
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Legal vs. Physical Custody
divorce cannot be finalized until some sort of ruling has occurred to determine
child custody. This can be decided through mediated negotiation, or it
can be given through a formal ruling in court. Regardless of how these
terms are decided, they will always encompass two key elements: legal
custody and physical 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
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
While legal custody involves decision-making rights, physical custody refers
to a parent's ability to spend time with their child. Residential and
visitation arrangements will be determined under physical custody according to your
child's best interest. This, too, will play a critical role in your
ongoing influence in your child's life. A Phoenix child custody attorney
may be the valuable asset you need to secure an ideal custody plan.
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.
Our Phoenix child custody lawyer is ready to handle your case.
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