Let Me Protect Your Relationship With Your Children, During And After Divorce
When there is a disagreement in divorce concerning the future of your child, the decision is left to the courts. There are many different factors that play into the decision that a judge will make, but the best interests of the child are of primary concern. I am Steven Cole, a divorce lawyer with nearly 30 years of experience helping clients through their child custody cases. I know what it takes to effectively defend your case and how to help you pursue the results that you need. If there is a disagreement over visitation rights, child support, or other child custody-related matters, I will work tirelessly to convince a judge that your position is in the best interests of your child or children.
The Basics Of Custody In Arizona
In Arizona, there are two types of custody to be granted: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to a parent’s right to live with the child and take care of their everyday needs. It is also referred to as “parenting time.” Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. In Arizona, legal custody is regarded as “legal decision-making.” One or both parents could be chosen to have legal decision-making power.
What To Expect At The Legal Decision-Making Hearing
To decide who will have decision-making powers, there will be a hearing held by the court. Issues that may arise during the legal decision-making hearing include:
- The physical and mental health of the parents
- The relationship between the child and each parent
- The child’s relationships with other family members who can affect his or her best interests
- The parents’ wishes and the child’s wishes
- Which parent is the primary caretaker
- Any child abuse issues or concerns
- Any instances of domestic violence
I am dedicated to your success, and I will help you make the strongest argument for your custody position.
Determining Visitation Rights In Arizona
Preparing a visitation or parenting time agreement can be a complex matter in family law cases. If one parent does not receive custody of their child, they may still be entitled to visitation rights. Visitation is referred to as “parenting time” in Arizona because of the emphasis that this state places on parents maintaining a healthy relationship with their children. The court will make many assumptions when deciding on a visitation arrangement, including:
- The parents are fit to care for the child.
- Both parents desire to continue their relationship with the child.
- The parents are able to follow the parenting time plan.
- The parents can attempt to come to an agreement before resorting to involving the court.
- The visitation agreement is in the best interest of the child.
- The child requires the stability and consistency of both parents.
- The child will develop a strong relationship with both parents.
- The child will need open communication with both parents.
If the court is presented with misinformation or incomplete information that could negatively influence its decision, I will help you find and document any evidence to correct the record and give the court a more complete picture.
Learn About Your Legal Options During A Free Consultation
With an office in Scottsdale, Steven N. Cole, LLC, serves clients throughout the Phoenix metro area. I’m pleased to offer free initial consultations as well as evening and weekend appointments. To schedule yours, call me at 480-674-5475 or reach out online.