Phoenix Child Custody Lawyer
One of the most important considerations in a divorce is the decision of child custody. The decision of who gets custody of your children is paramount to their quality of life and upbringing. A quality Phoenix child custody attorney can help fight on your child’s behalf.
In addition to keeping your child’s best interest in mind, there are also a few considerations that the state of Arizona takes into account. At Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb, our attorneys have 30 years of experience in all concentrations of family law, including child custody. We take the time to listen to your story and help you fight for the best interests of your child.
Phoenix, AZ Child Custody Laws
The state of Arizona bases its child custody determination on a number of factors. Arizona’s family courts will not make a decision based on the gender of the parent, rather, they consider the child’s best interest to be the main priority. In determining what those best interests are, the courts consider the following:
- The child’s preference.
- The wishes of both parents.
- The child’s ability to adjust to a new home, school and community (if relocating).
- If the parents have any criminal history, i.e. domestic violence or child or drug abuse.
- The mental and physical health of potential guardians.
- The relationship between the child and each parent.
- The parent’s willingness to maintain a meaningful relationship with each other.
Because the child’s best interest is always top priority, it will be exceptionally hard for a parent with a criminal history or history of drug abuse to gain custody. After considering all factors, the court will make a decision to award either sole or joint custody. Usually, joint custody will only be awarded if the situation is feasible and both parents agree. The parents will need to submit an agreed upon parenting plan for approval.
Your attorney will be able to assist you in making difficult custody decisions, determining arrangements, and preparing necessary documents to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Occasionally, disputes between parents may need to be handled via a mediation lawyer, which we also provide for our clients.
Phoenix, AZ Child Custody ATTORNEYS
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce in Phoenix, AZ, there are a number of situations you will need to plan for ahead of time to avoid confusion and stress in the future. In addition to making a decision about child custody, child support will also need to be addressed. Child support in Arizona is also based on a set of guidelines, and the courts usually take into account the amount of time the child spends with each parent, standard of living, and parental income, among other factors. Child support proceedings can be an equally challenging part of divorce law, and it is up to you to secure competent legal counsel that will represent your needs accordingly.
The Phoenix divorce attorneys at Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb are experienced in fighting for the best interest of your child, both in custody and support arrangements. We strive to maintain civility between parties so you can have peace of mind in otherwise stressful situations.
Competent Representation in Phoenix, AZ
Our attorneys have been practicing in Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding communities since 1985. We are deeply experienced across a wide spectrum of practices, including family law, estate planning, business law, employment law, and catastrophic injury cases. We take pride in providing our clients with exceptional service and undeniable value.
Our commitment to our clients has been recognized on several occasions, including superb AVVO ratings and two Martindale-Hubbell client recognition awards. At Gillespie, Shields, Durrant & Goldfarb, we represent our clients effectively with tact and vigilance. We respect our clients deeply, and we hope that you will contact us for any of your legal needs.
“I would like to thank Jeff McCombs for getting me through a very nasty custody case. As a single man in the state of AZ trying to gain custody of children is hard enough. This man had a plan, great strategy, he spoke directly to the courts and he was very prepared. In short the man did his job perfectly.” – Bradley H.