Your kids will always be some of the most important people in your life, and, like all parents, you want what is best for your children. In Arizona, courts are required to make all custody, parenting time and legal-decision making determinations in accordance with the best interest of the child. (A.R.S. § 25-403). That includes an express public policy which favors “substantial, frequent, meaningful and continuing parenting time with both parents” in most cases. (A.R.S. § 25-403).
A custody determination depends on the specific circumstances of each case. The following are factors that courts will consider to determine the best interest of the child:
There are two forms of custody – legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the power to make decisions on behalf of the child, including educational, medical, and spiritual decisions. Physical custody is the determination of parenting time. In many cases, both legal custody and physical custody are shared. In others, one parent may have sole legal custody, but the parents share physical custody. And in some situations, one parent has sole legal and physical custody.
The family law attorneys at AWD LAW® understand the importance of a fair result in cases regarding child custody and parenting time. We will work closely with you to understand the unique facts of your case, and we will advocate vigorously on your behalf. Our team provides you with the personalized attention that a matter of this importance requires.
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We can help you evaluate the circumstances you are dealing with to determine your best options for the most successful outcome possible.