Arizona Child Custody

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Arizona Child Custody Laws take into consideration the needs of the child first and foremost. The law is very specific about maintaining as much stability in a child's life as possible, and keeping a close a relationship with both parents is a major goal of the court.

Joint Arizona Child Custody Laws

Arizona joint custody arrangements include a distinction between legal and physical custody. Under legal joint child custody laws, both parents consult one another about all the major decisions of their children's lives such as which schools to attend, what religion to follow, or any major medical decisions.

Physical custody of a child is then awarded to one, or both of the parents. This involves who the child will live with most of the time, and who will be responsible for the child's everyday welfare. If, for example, one parent is going to be staying in the home where the child already resides, then this fact may favor that parent being awarded physical custody of a child, so as much a sense of stability as possible is maintained.

Equal Rights for Parents

The parent who does not have physical custody of a child is then granted visitation, in which he or she sees their children regularly, and they occasionally stay with that parent. (Alternate weekends, holidays, vacations, etc.) Again, the goal with Arizona child custody laws is to make things as smooth as possible for the child after a divorce, and being able to keep both parents in their lives is crucial.

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