Courts in Arizona can decide which, if any, rights of individuals will be honored when disputes arise between separate parties. During a divorce, a court has the power to separate the couple's property, determine if fault will play a role in the proceedings and determine what should happen with the couple's shared kids.
Child custody and child support are the two major areas in which the best interests of the kids are considered by the courts. Courts wish to preserve some normalcy for children of divorce and often will seek to keep them in the home that provides the fewest disruptions to their lives. However, just because one parent keeps the family house or is the traditional care provider for the children does not mean that the other parent must concede important time with the children.
At our law firm, we attempt to help parents who choose to advocate for custody and visitation time with their children, even if they are not the presumed physical custodian. Courts will consider arguments for and against certain child custody arrangements, and as such it is possible to negotiate some influence over the outcome of a child custody determination.
Just as a party may actively partake in the initial custody proceedings related to children, a party may also actively seek modifications to a custody arrangement if it becomes unworkable. At our law firm, we attempt to help parents facing these custody challenges as well. Although courts often decide important divorce-related matters, litigants can also participate in the important process of ending their marriages.