Divorce and child custody matters can be stressful for everyone involved. The stress of these matters makes it difficult to think clearly. Hiring an attorney allows the attorney to focus on the legal matters, while you focus on your family.
Whether a divorce proceeding is contested or uncontested, we are here to help. There are many issues that can arise during a divorce proceeding, including property division, temporary orders, child custody (now known as legal decision-making and parenting time), spousal maintenance, and more. We also handle legal separation and annulment.
Sometimes one party refuses to comply with a court's order regarding legal decision-making, parenting time, and/or child support. Enforcement of a court order involves filing a petition with the court to have the court compel the non-complying party to comply with the court's order or face serious consequences.
Child support is a court ordered payment by one parent to another for the financial support of a child. Child support is calculated by statutory guidelines, but there are factors that go into determining the amount, including each parent's finances and the child(ren)'s needs. A change in employment and/or change in parenting time can prompt a need to modify child support.
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Arizona changed the law in January of 2013, so legal decision-making replaced the term custody. Legal-decision making refers to which parent makes major decisions regarding the child(ren). Specifically, legal decision-making refers to a parent's right to make non-emergency legal decisions for a child such as regarding school, medical treatment, religion, etc. The court may order sole legal decision-making or joint legal decision-making. The court must determine legal decision-making in accordance with the best interests of the child.
Parenting time refers to the schedule of time that each parent has the child(ren). When making a decision, a judge must make the decision based on the best interest of the child(ren). However, equal parenting time is preferred by law, so long as no domestic violence, drug abuse, neglect, or other criminal behavior has occurred. We will work tirelessly for you to get the parenting time you deserve.
Sometimes parents reach a point when the parenting plan in place is no longer working. It is important to consider what is in the best interests of your child(ren) and consult with an attorney to determine whether a modification is allowed under Arizona law.