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Category Archives: Child Custody

Can Third Parties Be Awarded Child Custody or Visitation in Arizona?

In Arizona child custody cases, the law creates a rebuttable presumption that awarding legal decision-making authority to one or both of the parents best serves the child’s physical, psychological and emotional needs. This is a difficult presumption to overcome. But there are certain circumstances where the law allows a third party, such as a grandparent, […]

Keeping in Compliance with Parenting Time Orders During COVID-19

Co-parenting has been difficult for many Arizonans during the coronavirus pandemic. Work schedule changes, school cancellations and business closures have made it difficult for divorced or separated parents to follow court-ordered plans. The crisis shows no signs of abating, with Arizona experiencing record levels of exposure cases and related deaths. While court officials are sympathetic, […]

Who Has the Final Say in Joint Legal Child Custody in Arizona?

In Arizona, when parents have joint legal custody, final say resides with “both” parents to agree on major decisions regarding their children. Only when one parent is given sole authority can they make decisions without the other parent. Arizona law provides for two types of legal custody of children after a divorce. One parent may […]

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