Child Custody Lawyer Chandler, AZ
Why hire a Child Custody Lawyer Chandler, AZ?
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The Citadel Law Firm Child Custody Lawyers in Chandler, AZ can help you with your Child Custody needs. Child custody is a complicated area of law because along with needing to keep up to date with new laws and rules, a Child Custody Lawyer must also have careful insight into navigating difficult emotions which naturally arise during a custody dispute. Due to the complicated laws and rules, a Child Custody Lawyer can help you understand the intricacies of “Custody” in Arizona. In Arizona, custody is split into two areas – legal decision making and parenting time.
Legal Decision Making is the right to make non-emergency decisions on your child’s behalf. The most common examples used by most Child Custody Lawyers are education, healthcare and religion. While a Child Custody Lawyer will not make these decisions on your behalf, a Child Custody Lawyer will help you argue on your children’s behalf why decision making should be either Joint Legal Decision Making (shared between you and your ex and the most common outcome), Joint Legal Decision Making with one parent having presumptive decision making authority (if there is a stalemate, one parent would have final say on the decision) and Sole Legal Decision Making (one parent makes all the decisions).
The Court looks to the best interests of the child when determining legal decision making and parenting time. Specifically, the Court will analyze the relevant factors contained in Arizona Revised Statute § 25-403. The factors under A.R.S. § 25-403 include:
- The past, present and potential future relationship between the parent and the child.
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child's parent or parents, the child's siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest.
- The child's adjustment to home, school and community.
- If the child is of suitable age and maturity, the wishes of the child as to legal decision-making and parenting time.
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
- Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with the other parent. This paragraph does not apply if the court determines that a parent is acting in good faith to protect the child from witnessing an act of domestic violence or being a victim of domestic violence or child abuse.
- Whether one parent intentionally misled the court to cause an unnecessary delay, to increase the cost of litigation or to persuade the court to give a legal decision-making or a parenting time preference to that parent.
- Whether there has been domestic violence or child abuse pursuant to section 25-403.03.
- The nature and extent of coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement regarding legal decision-making or parenting time.
- Whether a parent has complied with chapter 3, article 5 of this title.
- Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect under section 13-2907.02.
While the statute is fixed, every child custody case is vastly different and having a trusted and experienced Child Custody Lawyer in Chandler representing you can make the world of difference in court.