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Category Archives: Child Custody

When Can Grandparents and Other Relatives Get Awarded Visitation?

Arizona recognizes the rights of grandparents and certain other people to child visitation in certain circumstances. However, these rights are in no way automatic. The person seeking visitation must petition the state court and must meet certain legal prerequisites. To be eligible to file a visitation petition, a person must stand “in loco parentis” to […]

How to Modify Parenting Time in Arizona

Parenting time, also known as visitation, is a privilege granted to divorced or separated parents who do not have sole custody of their children. A parenting plan is approved by the court based on the family’s situation at the time of the divorce. However, as children grow and as parents’ circumstances change, the parenting plan […]

Tips for Long-Distance Parenting After a Relocation

Long Distance Parenting After Relocation

Arizona permits people with minor children to relocate far away from the other parent, subject to certain requirements and limitations. Or there may be situations where the non-custodial parent moves away, such as to pursue a job opportunity. In either case, the relocation puts pressure on parenting time. Long-distance parenting is not ideal but there […]

Making a Strong Case for Child Custody

Well Cared for Child Can Help Child Custody

Child custody cases are often emotionally charged and contentious. Custody disputes involve two issues — each parent’s decision-making authority and parenting time with the child. If the parties cannot come to an agreement on their own or through mediation, any disputed matter will have to be decided by a judge. In that scenario, a parent […]

Proposed Arizona Law Would Let Teens Select Which Parent They Want to Live With

Happy Teenager and Parent

Parents can argue over legal decision-making and visitation issues long after a divorce is finalized, and the children are sometimes drawn into the conflict. Naturally, infants and toddlers have no say in these matters, but as children mature, some gain the intelligence and are able to articulate themselves to decide and express their preferences on where […]

Tips for Resolving a High-Conflict Custody Battle

Divorce can be particularly difficult for a couple’s children. The stable home environment and loving relationships they have experienced are suddenly upended and the future seems uncertain. The effect on the children is even worse when they are put in the middle of a custody fight. If your spouse is being combative or unreasonable in […]

Moving Out of State While Under a Child Custody Order

People may choose to relocate for any number of reasons after a divorce— such as to get a better job, to further their education or to be close to loved ones. However, a divorced parent with custody of minor children cannot make a long-distance move without satisfying certain legal requirements. In Arizona, court permission is […]

What Happens When a Child Refuses to Visit the Other Parent?

Arizona law favors custody arrangements that give children as much time as possible with both parents. Psychological research shows this is usually in the child’s best interests, as kids with a close relationship with mom and dad tend to thrive compared to peers who don’t get ample time with both parents. But what happens when […]

How to be Effective Co-Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 cases, which here in Arizona peaked in mid-summer before being brought under relative control, are back on the rise in frightening numbers. For parents, this means co-parenting will continue to be a challenge as working from home, business closures, home schooling and other responses to the pandemic remain in play. As experienced Scottsdale child […]

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, […]

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