How child custody works in Arizona
Arizona courts use the "best interests of the child" standard when deciding custody matters. The court will take into account the child's own preferences, the parents' preferences and the physical and mental health of the parents. Other factors that may come into play include the child's ability to handle transitions, his or her educational needs and any previous allegations of abuse.
There are two types of custody at stake. Legal decision-making is the term for custody in Arizona now. A parent can be awarded Sole Legal Decision-Making or Joint Legal Decision-Making. Legal Decision-Making is the right to make decisions about the child's education, healthcare and religious matters affecting the child. Physical custody determines where the child actually lives. The most common outcome of a divorce or separation is for both parents to share joint legal decision-making while either parent can be designated the primary residential parent for the child. However, there are many other possible custody arrangements depending on the parents' wishes and the circumstances of the divorce.
Attorney Brad Crider can help your family through this process
Determining custody is never easy. It's often fraught with conflict and emotions can run high. Brad Crider understands just how difficult this process is, and just how much is at stake for your family. He'll work hard to reach a fair resolution that meets your child's needs.
Don't try to handle your child custody case alone. Turn to Mesa child custody attorney Brad Crider to represent your needs. Contact us online or call 480-378-9000.