Steven C. Weinstein – An Attorney Dedicated To Your Tucson Child Custody Case
When dealing with divorce law in Tucson, the issue of child custody can be one of the most emotionally contentious between divorcing spouses. Attorney Steven C. Weinstein understands how important the issue can be to his clients and knows how to present the best case to help you obtain desired results and serve the best interests for your child.
An Introduction To Arizona Child Custody Laws
In a disputed custody battle, Arizona courts will base decisions based on the best interests of the child. In determining what the best interests of the child are, the court will consider all factors that are relevant to the child's physical and emotional well-being, including (but not always limited to):
- The past, present and any potential future relationship between each parent and the child.
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the each parent, any siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest.
- The child's adjustment to home, school and community.
- The wishes of the child, provided that he or she is old and mature enough to have a valid and suitable opinion on the matter.
- The mental and physical health of all parties involved.
- Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with the other parent (unless a court determines that a parent is acting in good faith to protect the child from witnessing or being a victim of either domestic violence or child abuse from the other parent).
- Whether one parent has intentionally misled the court in order to cause an unnecessary delay, increase the cost of litigation or influence the court's decision relating to custody disputes.
- Whether there has been any credible evidence of past domestic violence or child abuse in the family.
- The nature and extent of any coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining a custody agreement.
- Whether a parent has complied with and completed any court ordered counseling programs to teach parents about the effects of divorce on family members and potential alternatives to divorce.
- Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect.
The court will also consider any other factors that are relevant to determining what the best interests of the child are. Keep in mind that if you are in a contested fight over the custody of your child, the court will make a public record of specific findings about all relevant factors and the reasons for which its decision is in the best interests of the child. This can often result in a public declaration of who the court thinks will make a better parent, and why.
With such important stakes, you need an experienced attorney who will zealously fight for your interests and help you navigate the complex maze of divorce laws in Tucson. Steve Weinstein is the divorce lawyer in Tucson who has the experience and dedication necessary to give clients the representation they deserve in contested custody fights.
Contact Child Custody Attorney Steven C. Weinstein
If you are facing a child custody fight, desire modifications to existing custody arrangements or have any concerns regarding custody issues, contact the Tucson offices of attorney Steven C. Weinstein today. We are ready to help you with your needs.