What Is an “Unfit” Parent in Arizona?

What is an unfit parent in Arizona? When the court determines the mother or father is unfit to parent the child, due to any number of reasons, are these sufficient reasons grandparents can file for custody of a grandchild? While grandma and grandpa may not like behaviors or lifestyles, Arizona courts require more than general […]

The Responsibilities of Primary Custody

If the court has awarded you primary custody of your child or children, you have important obligations. Custody cases are emotionally trying and not all go smoothly. With primary custody, you have full physical responsibility for your child and make legal decisions with your ex-spouse. You may otherwise have full legal and physical custody of your child, […]

Reasons You Could Lose Custody of Your Child

Determining child custody during a divorce is a complex emotional issue. Ideally, the child should benefit from parental involvement and care from both parents which can be navigated through co-parenting, parenting plans, and joint custody arrangements. Even if the custody arrangement doesn’t split the time 50/50, a child should be able to maintain a relationship with […]

Writing a Pet Custody Agreement

Pets enhance our lives with love and companionship. Some people create a strong emotional bond with their pet and consider them a member of the family or like a child. Unfortunately, during a divorce, the pet will become a point of contention as to who will get custody of the animal. Getting the law involved […]

Understanding the Process of Filing for Divorce

Once you’ve decided to divorce your spouse, the process of filing for divorce begins. There are many things that one must do before filing in order to prepare, but what does the actual process look like? For many, the divorce process is long and confusing, and it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone. An […]

4 Types of Spousal Support

You may know about spousal maintenance, spousal support, or alimony, as referring to money that one party receives from the other after the dissolution of a marriage. The purpose of this financial support is to “correct the disproportional result created by the divorce for the supported spouse who has fewer financial resources.” The factors that […]

What Is Joint Custody and What Does It Entail?

When a marriage dissolves and children are involved, custody needs to be determined. Depending on the individual family’s circumstances, different custody options are available. Arizona prefers keeping both parents in a child’s life for their best interests whenever feasible, therefore joint custody may be a suitable choice. Here we’ll take a look at what is joint custody, […]

Staying Connected to Your Child Over Long Distance

When divorced parents live far apart, it’s common for children to live full-time and attend school under the care and custody of just one parent. Long-distance parenting arrangements often include spending the summer with the non-custodial parent or alternating holidays. These arrangements may also make provisions for staying in touch with children remotely. This year, […]

Is Divorce Mediation an Option for You?

Managing the divorce process is stressful, draining, and can be emotionally devastating. Divorce will affect every part of life and creates major upheaval of financial circumstances and living arrangements, contributing to instability and uncertainty. During such a volatile time when so much is at stake, the smartest move is to connect with a legal expert. […]

Dealing With Back to School Custody Agreement Stress

The beginning of a new school year is exciting. However, it also tends to create tension in custody arrangements since routines and schedules may shift. Parental custody is initially determined during the divorce proceedings, but over time it will be necessary to reevaluate the custody agreement to reflect life changes as your child grows up. […]