Phoenix Child Custody Attorney
Experienced Family Lawyers in the Greater Phoenix Area
In July 2010, the Arizona legislature passed amendments to the public policy behind child custody designations in divorce and non-marital situations. The legislature determined that all children should be entitled to equal and meaningful contact with both parents, and given as much time as possible with each parent. Because of this change, judges take a new perspective in child custody decisions and often start with the idea of time split equally (50/50) between parents. They then examine the statutory factors to issue a parenting plan they determine is in the children’s best interests. At Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC, we take the time to learn the details of the family situation to better help you reach your desired parenting plan and custody outcome.
Our Phoenix family attorneys assist in a broad spectrum of child custody and visitation matters, including:
- Grandparents’ rights
- Interstate custody disputes
- Domestic violence and its effect on custody decisions
- Post-decree modifications of child custody orders
- Step-parents’ rights
- Parenting coordinator services
- Dependency proceedings
Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC offers knowledgeable guidance on child custody and visitation. Call us now at (480) 719-2831.
Understanding the Different Types of Custody
In Arizona, there are two types of custody:
Legal custody: Legal custody addresses the decision-making authority regarding important issues in your child’s life. These include decisions about education, religion, and health care.
Physical custody: Physical custody addresses actual time with and access to the child. A parent may be granted this time but may be barred from making decisions.
Depending on the circumstances, both parents may have legal and physical custody or one parent may have legal custody and both parents the physical custody. Physical custody does not necessarily mean equal parenting time with the child. At Rader, Sheldon & Stoutner, PLLC, our attorneys can negotiate a schedule in your child’s best interest, with a parenting plan tailored to meet your needs, such as equal time with both parents or visitation with a parent every other weekend. Sometimes negotiation is not possible. If necessary, we will not hesitate to advocate for you in court so that a judge can issue a parenting plan that protects your child’s best interests.
Our skilled family attorneys serve Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, and the greater Phoenix area. Contact us now at (480) 719-2831 to discuss and evaluate your options.