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Arizona Child Custody

Most state divorce courts want to assign joint child custody so the child can grow up having a relationship with both parents after filing for divorce, but in some cases, joint custody isn't always possible. The key standard divorce courts consider when determining child custody is what's in the best interest of the child.

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If the couple chooses to make a separation agreement, Arizona child custody can be arranged in the agreement along with Arizona alimony, Arizona child support and parenting. If the agreement is fair and reasonable, the Arizona divorce court will approve the terms.

When child custody is left up to the Arizona divorce court to determine, the court will consider the best interest of the child as well as several relevant factors:

  • Wishes of the child's parents regarding child custody
  • Child's wishes on custody
  • Interaction and interrelationship of the child with each parent, siblings and other members of the families who may significantly affect the best interests of the child
  • Child's ability to adjust to home, school and community
  • Mental and physical health of everyone involved
  • If the parents will allow frequent and meaningful contact between the child and other parent
  • If one parent, both or neither has provided primary care for the child
  • Nature and extent of coercion or duress used by the parent to get a parenting plan
  • If the parent have taken the education program regarding children and divorce required by Arizona divorce law

There are a variety of types of child custody, as well as many different ways the Arizona divorce court can choose to serve in the best interest of the child. Discuss how circumstances in your divorce and state divorce laws may determine child custody with a local Arizona divorce lawyer.

Protect your relationship with your child today and call 877-349-1310 or fill out an Arizona divorce case review form to connect with a divorce attorney. If your child custody case doesn't involve a divorce, you can still connect with a local attorney who concentrates in family law for advice on how to handle your case.

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The above synopsis of Arizona divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Arizona divorce lawyer in your area.

Arizona divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.