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Arizona Child Custody Law

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
Jurisdiction; commencement of proceedings 25-401
Definitions 25-402
Custody; best interests of child 25-403
Sole and joint custody 25-403.01
Parenting plans 25-403.02
Domestic violence and child abuse 25-403.03
Drug offenses 25-403.04
Sexual offenders; murderers; custody and parenting time 25-403.05
Parental access to records 25-403.06
Identification of a primary caretaker and public assistance 25-403.07
Resources and fees 25-403.08
Child support 25-403.09
Temporary orders 25-404
Interviews by court; professional assistance 25-405
Investigations and reports 25-406
Custody hearings; priority; costs; record 25-407
Rights of noncustodial parent; parenting time; relocation of child; exception; enforcement; access to records 25-408
Visitation rights of grandparents and great-grandparents 25-409
Judicial supervision 25-410
Modification of custody decree; affidavit; contents 25-411
Expedited child support and parenting time fund 25-412
Domestic relations education and mediation fund; report 25-413
Violation of visitation or parenting time rights; penalties 25-414
Custody by nonparent; presumption; grounds; definitions 25-415
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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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