Who Gets Child Custody in Arizona?
Like most states, Arizona laws for child custody child or placement of the child is determined by the overall best interest of the child standard. According to 25-403 Custody: best interest of child, "The court shall determine custody, either originally or on petition for modification, in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court shall consider all relevant factors, including":
A. The court shall determine custody, either originally or on petition for modification, in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
1. The wishes of the child's parent or parents as to custody.
2. The wishes of the child as to the custodian.
3. The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child's parent or parents, the child's siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest.
4. The child's adjustment to home, school and community.
5. The mental and physical health of all individuals involved.
6. Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and meaningful continuing contact with the other parent.
7. Whether one parent, both parents or neither parent has provided primary care of the child.
8. The nature and extent of coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement regarding custody.
9. Whether a parent has complied with chapter 3, article 5 of this title.
10. Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect under section 13-2907.02.
B. In a contested custody case, the court shall make specific findings on the record about all relevant factors and the reasons for which the decision is in the best interests of the child.
Arizona Family Code
TITLE 25: CHAPTER 4: ARTICLE 1 - MARITAL AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS
|Jurisdiction; commencement of proceedings
|Custody; best interests of child
|Sole and joint custody
|Domestic violence and child abuse
|Sexual offenders; murderers; custody and parenting time
|Parental access to records
|Identification of a primary caretaker and public assistance
|Resources and fees
|Interviews by court; professional assistance
|Investigations and reports
|Custody hearings; priority; costs; record
|Rights of noncustodial parent; parenting time; relocation of child; exception; enforcement; access to records
|Visitation rights of grandparents and great-grandparents
|Modification of custody decree; affidavit; contents
|Expedited child support and parenting time fund
|Domestic relations education and mediation fund; report
|Violation of visitation or parenting time rights; penalties
|Custody by nonparent; presumption; grounds; definitions
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Arizona Child Custody Help
If you are seeking legal advice related to an Arizona child custody matter you will want to consult an attorney in your jurisdiction about your specific situation, where you stand legally, and what your legal options are in Arizona. The above child custody information is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. If you have interest in my coaching services and wish to speak with me in detail about your specific situation you can schedule a coaching session as described below. If you are the do-it-yourself type and/or seeking information and strategies related to child custody, custody evaluations, and more, you may want to pick up a copy of my eBook, How to Win Child Custody. It is available for purchase on my website for only $49.95.
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The in-person coaching sessions are designed for parents who prefer face-to-face meetings and are held in Orange County California. Southern California residents in Orange County, Los Angeles, Ventura, Long Beach, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego will often request to discuss their matters with me in-person. In-person coaching sessions are held in the Mission Viejo area or Costa Mesa area in South Orange County California and are an option made available to persons who can travel to one of these two locations. For full details about fees and how to get started click here.
Monthly coaching is designed to provide ongoing coaching and support throughout the month and provides for an economical way of receiving such support on matters such as divorce, child custody, move-aways, post-judgment modifications, child custody evaluations, etc. Fees are known up front so there are no surprises. This also allows you to choose the plan that is right for you and also works within your budget. Weekly coaching sessions and email communications allow you to discuss your child custody matters, developments, and results regularly throughout the month. For full details on fees and how to get started click here.