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Custody and Visitation

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Grandparents’ Rights in Arizona

Q: Can grandparents sue for visitation rights?

If you’re getting divorced in Arizona, there are many issues to work out when going from “I do” to “I’m done”.

In addition to Read more . . .

Friday, December 6, 2019

Transgender Children of Divorce

Q: How may having a transgender child impact custody and parenting time?

If you’re getting divorced in Arizona, and you have minor children, the most emotional and difficult part of the divorce generally involves the decisions that impact their welfare. 

In addition to working out child support, the parents need to agree upon child custody and parenting time arrangements.
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Monday, August 20, 2018

When a Divorce Proceeding Stalls

Q: Can the court dismiss my divorce case for delay in prosecution?

There's a lot to consider when getting divorced in Arizona. In addition to deciding how to split up property or whether one spouse will pay alimony/spousal support to the other, divorcing couples with children have to work out multiple other issues.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Consequences of Child Endangerment on Custody in Arizona

Q: Can one incident of child endangerment impact child custody?

In what could easily have been another tragic hot-car baby death, a “beet red” 18-month-old infant covered with two blankets in a 112° vehicle was rescued in just time according to authorities. But the father who reportedly abandoned her for about 20 minutes while shopping is in legal hot water. His claim that he was only shopping for 10 minutes conflicts with store’s video security system, which allegedly clocked the trip at 18 minutes.

The father who reportedly has

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Redefining the Role of Child Protective Services in Arizona

Q: When can Arizona case workers remove a child from their home?

One of the most contentious issues that Phoenix family law attorneys encounter involves child custody and visitation.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Parental Abduction to Avoid Shared Custody

Q: Can I just flee an abusive ex-spouse with my child to avoid sharing custody?

Arizona family law attorneys know that most parents would do just about anything for their children or grandchildren. Sometimes, even if it was illegal.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Winning a Custody Battle

Q: What happens if I have to fight for custody of my child?

Sometimes, when people separate or divorce in Phoenix, they are able to amicably work through the necessary steps of dividing their assets, parting ways and moving on with their lives. But when a couple shares children, the break is not as “clean” because the couple will remain tied to each other on some level by co-parenting those children.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Custody Issues in Drug-Exposed Baby Cases

Q: Does the protocol for the custody of children born exposed to drugs keep kids safe?

When couples with children divorce or otherwise dissolve their relationship, the court will consider what is in the best interest of the child when determining how much Read more . . .

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Removing Children from Their Parents in Arizona

Q: What is the policy for removing children from their parents in Arizona?

The one phrase typically associated with the many complicated layers of a divorce proceeding is “What is in the best interest of the child?”

This question is at the very forefront of child custody and visitation negotiations and determinations. Under Arizona law, custody is referred to as "legal decision-making” and visitation is known as "Read more . . .

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Arizona Tribe May Trump the “Best Interest of the Child” in Child Custody Dispute

Q: Does the 1978 federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act take precedence over state law and the “best interest of the child” standard of determining custody?

In the vast majority of child custody cases, Arizona family law attorneys know that the most important factor the state courts will consider is what is in the so-called “best interest of the children”. Whenever possible, Arizona favors involvement of both parents in both child custody and visitation, which are referred to as “legal decision-making” and “parenting time”, respectively.

Sometimes one biological parent has custody and the other is not in the picture. If the custodial parent remarries and the new stepparent is raising the child like their own, they might want to take it to the next level by pursuing a

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Arizona’s Shared Parenting Time & Legal Decision-Making: A Model for Other States

Q: Is Arizona’s shared parenting policy a “model worth copying” for other states?

Nationally, many states are moving toward a more egalitarian concept of “shared parenting” after divorce--which is a step away from the more stringent, less balanced child custody and visitation processes that have existed for decades. Historically, courts have often granted custody to one parent, relegating the non-custodial parent to infrequent visitation, resulting in significantly less time and involvement in the child’s life.

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