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Modifications of Child Custody

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Child custody (officially called legal decision-making in Arizona) is one of the most emotionally sensitive subjects to discuss and decide upon at the time of a divorce with children. The vast majority of parents want to spend as much time with their children as they can. And custody matters are rarely settled for good when the divorce is finalized. If at any point your custody situation needs to be changed, the attorneys at Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC can help.

When changes are needed

It's quite common for one or both of the parents involved in a divorce to become unhappy with the arrangement of child custody over time. This is especially true when circumstances have changed in a way that makes the original child custody decree difficult to adhere to.

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The Arizona Superior Court will address child custody modifications as they are warranted. These modifications are not always simple, and they typically require the assistance of a child custody lawyer to ensure the best outcome.

Here are the most typical reasons why a child custody modification may be needed:

  • Change of jobs - especially when it requires one of the parents to work an unusual or different schedule
  • Move out of state - if the custodial parent is moving to another state, a closer look at the child custody decree is necessary
  • Change of schedule - this usually involves a situation where one parent is now more available then they were at the time of the divorce
  • Unfit parent - when a parent who has sole or joint legal decision-making (commonly called legal custody) of a child becomes unfit due to drug use, child abuse or criminal activity, a modification of child custody should definitely be considered

There may be other situations that arise when both parents are in agreement that the original child custody arrangement should be changed.

An attorney can make all the difference

We can give you the edge you need to ensure the best possible outcome when it comes to child custody modifications. Attorney Brad Crider will be able to advise you on how to construct your child custody modification request to the court. Having seen for himself what works, he'll be able to advise you on how a court will review your request.

Even if you and your former spouse agree on the custody modification, it's important to work with an attorney to make sure the modified arrangement is acceptable to the court. And if the custody setup is disputed, it's even more important to have a committed and experienced advocate on your side.

If you're currently involved in any type of custody dispute, contact us today. It is very important that the proper procedures are followed as you pursue your child custody modification. Call 480-378-9000 right away.

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