Arizona Child Custody Attorney
Protecting the Best Interest of the Child
- Child’s age and sex
- Mental and physical health of the child AND parent
- Parent’s lifestyle
- How the new custody arrangement will affect the child’s current life
- Whether the parent will be able to provide for the children
LEGAL CUSTODY – The custodial parent can make decisions regarding the child’s healthcare, schooling, religious upbringing, and more.
JOINT CUSTODY – Both parents agree to work together to make sure the child’s new adjustment is as stress free as possible. Courts will require drafting of a Parenting Plan to demonstrate how the child’s time will be split between the homes.
SOLE CUSTODY – Arizona courts will award sole custody to a parent if there is substantial evidence that the other parent is unfit including use of drugs or alcohol.
A Parenting Plan must generally include:
- How the child will receive healthcare
- The child’s living arrangements
- An education plan
- Religious upbringing and a way to resolve disputes