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Child Custody: Common Questions And Answers
Knowing you may not have your children full time after a divorce is a sensitive and stressful circumstance. Emotions can run high during these conversations, and fears about the future are completely natural.
At Padish Law Group, PLLC, our goal is to ensure both parents maintain a relationship with their children. By using tactics like mediation, arbitration or litigation, we find the process that works best for you to find a fair resolution to your family law conflicts.
What Is Legal Decision-Making?
In Arizona, a parent having the right to make nonemergency decisions about their child is called “legal decision-making.” To do this, we will work collaboratively to find a fair and effective child custody agreement that allows suitable parents to make these decisions.
What Is Parenting Time?
This is the term commonly used for a court-approved, set parenting schedule. In short, it details when you will have your children stay with you or how and when you can see them.
Often, Arizona courts will assign 50/50 custody unless there is a significant reason to give one parent full custody. If you are seeking a specific parenting time agreement, then a resolution method that does not involve the courts may be in your best interests.
What If The Parents Aren’t Married?
In the case of unmarried parents seeking a custody solution for their children, the courts will tend to give full custody to the mother until you can establish paternity, adopt your child or have a custody hearing. If you are seeking a 50/50 arrangement or are fighting for full custody, you need an attorney on your side to help the courts see your side of the story.
Can I Relocate With My Kids?
With court approval, you can move up to 100 miles away in from the other parent in the same state. Moving out of state also requires a petition and court approval. However, without strong representation on your side, the other parent can fight against your request to move.
What Factors Does The Court Consider?
During a custody hearing, the courts will look at the suitability of each parent. Often, the judge considers their home, their income, past parenting or lifestyle issues, criminal records and what type of custody situation would be in the best interest of the child.
Questions? We Can Offer Guidance
We can help with the child custody issues you are facing. You may not know what to do during a difficult process like this — but we do. Call 480-422-4501 or schedule your consultation online to take the first step toward resolution.