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What Should I Know About Arizona Child Custody?

Courts base decisions on Arizona child custody laws when determining whether parents have joint custody, sole custody or a combination of joint and sole custody in caring for their child.





Under the Arizona Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act child custody proceedings arise for the following reasons:

  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Neglect
  • Abuse
  • Dependency
  • Guardianship
  • Paternity
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Protection from domestic violence

During a child custody proceeding, the court determines legal custody, physical custody and visitation. Physical custody involves caring for the child's daily needs and providing supervision. Legal custody refers to the parent’s right to make decisions about where the child goes to school, the child's health care, religious upbringing and social life. Whenever parents provide the court with an agreed-upon parenting plan, the court generally approves the plan as long as it is in the child’s best interests. To this extent, when parents can get along and show respect for the other parent, they improve their chances of sharing custody and getting to spend more time with their children. The only exceptions are when domestic violence or some other type of abuse would make contact with the child not in the child’s best interests.

A Tucson child custody attorney can help you deal with child custody issues. Through experienced legal guidance, you can devise an effective parenting plan or have your own advocate in court to help you achieve a favorable outcome for your child.

Steven C. Weinstein has decades of experience helping parents resolve child custody issues.

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