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Child Custody

Phoenix Child Custody Lawyer

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Whether you are facing a divorce or involved in a paternity action, the well-being of your child and your parental rights are top concerns. These issues can cause considerable uneasiness and stress for parents and lead to conflict and disputes. Having the guidance of a trusted attorney who can advise you on how family law will impact your case, how to navigate the issue with the least amount of contention, and who can act as your advocate to ensure a fair result can be a lifesaver in these situations. 

At Cohen Family Law, you can work with a 40-year legal veteran who has handled thousands of family law cases since 1982. That is the quality of experience, knowledge, and familiarity with the family court system that can make a difference in how your case is resolved. Our firm is dedicated to helping parents in the challenging matter of child custody. We ensure that you understand the issue as it is considered by family court judges and the factors upon which they base their rulings. We also offer mediation and collaborative divorce options to help you resolve matters outside of court.

Request a free 30-minute consultation with our Phoenix child custody attorney at Cohen Family Law by calling (602) 610-0144 or submitting our online contact form

What Is Child Custody in Arizona?

Arizona breaks down child custody into two categories as follows:

  • Legal decision-making. This involves a parent’s right to make decisions about the child’s education, healthcare, religious upbringing, and personal care.
  • Parenting time. This gives a parent the right to spend time with the child. 

These two categories can be granted on a sole or joint basis. Thus, legal-making decisions may be granted to both parents by the court with the variation that only one of them will have the final say in the decision. This type of final authority given to one parent requires that he or she make a good faith effort to include the other parent’s wishes and concerns. Lastly, sole decision-making power is granted to one parent only based on the facts and circumstances of the case. 

Parenting time can also be split between parents and may or may not be granted on a 50-50 basis. Factors such as the proximity of households, work schedules, school and daycare locations, and more may all determine how a parenting time schedule is arranged. When one parent has the child more than 50 percent of the time, he or she is considered the “custodial” parent while the other parent is “non-custodial.” 

Parenting plans are written with detailed schedules of the time the child spends in each household, including arrangements for holidays, birthdays, vacations, and other special occasions. It can also outline how a child is to be transported between households, how emergencies should be handled, how communications between children and their parents should be arranged, and plans for other contingencies. The more detailed, the less chance for conflict. 

It is important to understand that courts operate on the principle of what is in the child’s best interests as opposed to what parents desire. Courts will look at many factors to determine what it believes to be optimum for children. However, a continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents is preferred unless a parent poses a safety risk due to a history of domestic violence, substance abuse, or child neglect. 

Our Commitment to Parents

At Cohen Family Law, we pride ourselves on our relentless dedication to our clients, which has resulted in successful negotiations and dispute resolution relating to parental decision-making and parenting time. Due to our dedication and love for what we do, we understand the unique pressure and stress surrounding child-related issues. 

We understand that managing stress is as important as the passionate legal advocacy we provide to clients. We know that your children are the most important part of your life. Cohen Family Law is honored to have helped thousands of families resolve family-related legal issues. If you have questions relating to child custody, please contact our offices for a free consultation.

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