Child Custody -AZ Family Law Team, PLLC – Tucson Divorce & Child Custody Lawyers
Child custody is often linked with divorce, and the fight over which parent gets legal and/or physical custody can be very hard on the children involved. Child custody matters can still be heated even when there is no divorce involved, however, custody matters are often more difficult for children who previously lived with both parents, and must adjust to only living with one parent most of the time. In Arizona, as in all states, custody matters focus on what decision is in the best interest of the child. At AZ Family Law Team, PLLC, our Tucson Divorce and Family Law Attorneys help parents reach a custody arrangement that will be catered to the child’s needs, both financially and emotionally.
Because many parents are unlikely to agree on custody matters outside of the courtroom, it is crucial to have an assertive and skilled Tucson Custody Lawyer advocating on your behalf to ensure your child will be placed in the safest environment possible. Custody matters don’t always end up how you want them to, however, with the help of AZ Family Law Team, PLLC, you will have a greater chance of ensuring you will maintain close contact with your child.
Arizona Custody Laws – What You Should Know
The Arizona legislature removed the word “custody” from the language of the Arizona statute regarding custody matters. The statute refers to a parent’s legal decision-making power over the child, and not which parent has “custody” of the child. Parents who have physical custody of their child will have legal decision-making power for the child, while the other parent involved may only have visitation rights. There are also situations where both parents share legal decision-making power but where the child primarily lives with one parent, and visits the other parent. Legal decision-making power includes, but is not limited to, the ability to determine which school the child is to attend, religious preferences for the child, and making decisions regarding medical treatment.
Resolving Custody Matters in Arizona
When evaluating which custody arrangement will be in the best interest of any children involved, a court will evaluate factors including, but not necessarily limited to, the following:
- Each parent’s financial situation, and whether or not one or both parents is unemployed;
- The child’s current school;
- Emotional stress and hardship the child may incur by having to move to another home or change schools;
- The child’s current relationship to each parent (i.e., whether or not the child is more comfortable and close to one parent than the other);
- The child’s decision as to which parent to live with if the child is old enough to make the decision; and
- Whether or not each parent is physically and mentally fit to care for the child both financially and emotionally.
The Tucson Custody Lawyers of AZ Family Law Team, PLLC understand that there is a lot at stake and that child custody matters are extremely stressful for both parent and child. With the help of our legal team, you will be placing your trust in the hands of professionals who will put both you and your child’s best interests first.
Contact the Tucson Custody Attorneys of AZ Family Law Team, PLLC Today
If you wish to seek or maintain custody of your child, it is important that you speak with a Tucson Custody Lawyer as soon as possible. Because custody matters can become very adversarial between parents, the sooner you act, the better off the situation will be for both you, and especially for your child. Regardless of what your individual circumstances may be, it is essential that any custody arrangement is in the best interest of your child. The Tucson Custody Attorneys of AZ Family Law Team, PLLC dedicate a significant portion of their time to helping parents resolve custody matters in a reasonable manner. Our attorneys have the experience and drive to provide their clients with the best legal representation possible. AZ Family Law Team, PLLC has received an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau and numerous positive online reviews. Our attorneys are also available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns. To speak directly with one of our attorneys, contact AZ Family Law Team, PLLC today by calling (520) 448-4940.