Scottsdale Family Law Attorneys Negotiate Your Parenting Time Agreement

A fair parenting time schedule benefits your child

The courts must foster parenting time plans that maximize both parents’ time with their children. Arizona state law prohibits the courts from favoring one parent over the other based on gender.

The premise of the law is that if both parents have adequate time with the children, everyone will be better off — regardless of who has legal decision-making authority for the children. At Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C., our experienced attorneys help you negotiate a parenting-time plan that’s in the best interest of your children.

Reasons for the court to limit parenting time

Although Arizona courts encourage parenting time for both parents, they recognize that there are good reasons to limit parenting time, including:

  • Domestic violence. A history of domestic violence is a reason to restrict parenting time, especially if the court believes the child’s health and safety are at risk.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse. Evidence of drug or alcohol abuse may be presented to the court as part of an argument to restrict a parent’s parenting time.
  • Mental illness. While the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illness and the risk of violence among the mentally ill is extremely small, a court may require supervised parenting time, or deny parenting time entirely, if a parent has a diagnosed mental illness that puts the child a risk.

Scottsdale attorneys help enforce your parental rights

Arizona recognizes that divorced parents should collaborate on decisions about their children’s future, including education, religion and medical issues. The law also recognizes that both parents are as important to the best interests of the children and the amount of time each parent spends with their children is predicated on his or her ability to do so, rather than a third-party caregiver.

The courts also recognize, however, that circumstances can change. Under Section 25-411 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, either parent can petition the court for parenting time modifications. To make sure you get a parenting time plan that benefits you and your children, retain a knowledgeable Scottsdale family law attorney.

Call now for an appointment with a Scottsdale parenting time attorney

Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C. is ready to help you with your child custody and parenting time issues. Call us at 602-789-3497 or contact our firm online to set up your consultation. Our Scottsdale office has plenty of parking. We serve families in Scottsdale, North Phoenix and throughout Maricopa County with experienced legal advice and advocacy.