Child Custody Attorney in Mesa, Arizona
Custody is a legal term referring to the right of a person to make decisions about the care and welfare of a child (for example, decisions about education, health care and religious training). The parent with custody is often called the “custodial parent.” In many cases, the child lives with the custodial parent most of the time. The law does not favor one form of custody over another, nor do they base their decisions on the sex of the parent.
Unless one parent is unfit or poses a danger to the children, courts tend to lean towards joint custody or decision-making authority. Where proper, it is beneficial to encourage both parents to be involved in the lives of their children. The court will look at the following factors when deciding custody:
- The child’s wishes
- Each parent’s wishes
- Whether the parents have provided primary care of the child
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- The child’s adjustment to home, school, and the community
- Any history of abuse (domestic violence or child abuse)
- Each parent’s willingness to foster a meaningful and substantial relationship with the other parent.
Child Custody Information from the Supreme Court of Arizona
While custody can be fairly simple, parenting time is a more difficult issue because it depends on many factors such as a parent’s work schedule, proximity to each other, and their child’s activities.
Planning For Parenting Time: This booklet provided by the Supreme Court of Arizona, helps parents come to an agreement and create a plan about parenting time.
Parent Education: Information for divorcing parents with minor children with custody disputes.
Please contact our office today at 480-246-8050 for your FREE CONSULTATION, and we can answer your questions about child custody. We specialize in handling child custody and other family law cases and will fight for you to protect the rights you deserve.
For more information about child custody, please see our FAMILY LAW FAQ.