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Child Custody Archives

How do I go about changing a child custody order?

In Arizona, orders with respect to child custody and parenting time are not set in stone. Under the right circumstances, a parent can pursue a child custody modification, especially if that parent feels that the current custody arrangement is no longer in the best interests of the children.

When your ex-spouse moves: your right to a relocation hearing

In a previous post, we talked about what happens when one parent in a divorce wants to relocate-and the implications of this move on child custody. In today's post, we examine the recourse the non-relocating parent has to contest this move.

Rules that apply when parents need to move

One of the hardest things to deal with when parents are not living in the same home as their children is the possibility that either they will have to move or the child's other parent will say that they need to move. While there are often good or at lease credible reasons for moving, moves still can significant disrupt or even effectively cut off a parent's ability to have a relationship with his or her child by, as a practical matter, cutting off the parent's visitation rights.

Review of Arizona's relocation rules

Many parents in the Phoenix area realize that in some point in their lives, they are going to have to move their family, perhaps even several miles or even hundreds of miles from their current location. It is hard enough to do this when parents live together, but being a single parent who needs to move with the child's mother or father to consider tends to add an extra layer of complication, particularly when the other parent does not agree with the move.

Getting a court order for visitation in Arizona

Parenting time is one of the biggest issues that arises for couples no longer in a relationship. There are multiple facets to this issue and all must receive the proper attention from both parents. Visitation rights, legal custody and other matters must be decided for the best interests of the child. One issue that often comes up is how a parent receives a legal order to grant parenting time.

What if a visitation court order is disobeyed in Arizona?

When an Arizona couple is no longer together and shares a child, barring unusual circumstances, there will be visitation rights for the noncustodial parent. This is also referred to as parenting time. The court will issue a visitation order based on numerous factors. The best interests of the child are the most important issue. It is beneficial, if the parents can come to the agreement on their own, but if they cannot, the court will intervene. In some instances, a dispute leads to a parent disobeying the court order. And, knowing what to do in such a circumstance is important.

Arizona Court of Appeals denies paternity in LGBTQ case

Having a child is a very rewarding experience. A parent, biological or not, is able to raise the child and instill his or her values while guiding the child through life. Despite it being a positive experience, there are some pitfalls that could befall on some parents in Arizona and elsewhere. Paternity issues could arise by either a mother claiming a man is a father or a man claiming he is or is not the father of a child. Paternity issues also present themselves when a father wants certain rights afforded to them. While these issues are understandable in an opposite-sex marriage, what happens when a same-sex couple parents a child and one spouse wants to assert paternity rights during divorce?

How can you address issues stemming from child custody exchanges?

Divorcing parents in Phoenix understand that they have to make a plethora of decisions imperative to the divorce process and for the children. Whether you decide to have a joint custody arrangement or just visitation while the other parent has primary custody, it is important to understand the details of the child custody arrangement that makes it work.

Child custody: tips for co-parenting during summer vacation

Now that school is out and summer vacation has begun, parents in Arizona are making plans to enjoy the summer months with their kids. While this is common for parents across the nation, planning to go on a trip is not always an easy task. For divorced parents, making plans for the summer also means communicating with their ex. For some parents, this can be a challenging task, making it difficult to plan the trip they want when they want it.

Helping you reach a workable child custody agreement

Divorce is a complex process. Even when couples in Arizona are prepared to initiate dissolution, they are often ill-prepared to deal with the many ups and downs the end of a marriage can bring. This is especially true for those divorcing with children. Many of the choices and decision made throughout the process will impact the child, making it imperative that much attention is paid to the agreements being made. This is especially true when reaching a legal decision-making and parenting time agreement.