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What kinds of child custody arrangements exist?

One of the hardest things to resolve during a divorce is child custody. Many couples find it hard to agree on the majority of issues when separating, and deciding who will get legal custody or physical custody of the children is no exception. When the parents cannot reach an agreement among themselves, the court becomes the one who makes the final decision. If the parents do agree on a custody arrangement, a court will generally accept it as long as it is not against the child's best interests.

Understanding how child custody is determined

One of the most significant considerations that can impact parents during a divorce or separation is child custody which is why it can be helpful to understand how child custody decisions are made. Child custody decisions are focused on determinations related to the child's custody and care. The primary considerations are the child's well-being and safety. To achieve this, the court focuses on what is in the best interests of the child. To determine what that really is in a particular case, the court may consider a variety of factors.

Custody arrangements: courts focus on the children, not parents

When Arizona spouses divorce, many issues will be discussed and decided. If a couple is the parents of children under the age of 18, child custody will be one of these issues. How custody, often called timeshare, will be determined can vary. The parents themselves can work out an agreement to present to a judge. Parents can engage a mediator to help them reach an agreement. As a last result, the couple can ask a judge to produce a timeshare arrangement based on input from each parent.

Child custody agreements and modifications in Arizona

The saga continues. Last week, we learned that celebrity Bethenny Frankel refused her estranged husband's request for a lump sum of $10 million to settle their divorce. After 15 months, the two have still not finalized their divorce case. One of the issues is Jason Hoppy's claim that he helped Ms. Frankel build her Skinnygirl Cocktails company, a business she reportedly sold for $100 million in 2011. He wants a portion of the proceeds.

Arizona child custody bill voted down in state legislature

Recently, a bill in the Arizona legislature affecting divorced parents wishing to move was voted down in the House. Currently, when the custodial parent, often the parent with the children most of the time, wants to move out of Arizona or more than 100 miles away, she or he is required to notify the other parent, called the non-custodial parent. Sometimes, court approval is necessary prior to moving. The proposed bill sought to shorten the geographical distance, so that a move more than 10 miles away would require the custodial parent to give a 45-day notice to the non-custodial parent. As with current law, the bill includes instances where court approval would also be necessary.