Committed To Protecting Your Parenting Rights
Child custody disputes are among the most difficult family law conflicts parents face. Even if you do agree with your child’s other parent on most issues, it can be overwhelming to negotiate decision-making rights and parenting access. With an attorney’s help, you can secure terms that allow you to build your relationship with your child after a family break up.
Since 2005, our lawyer at Mathers Law Offices, LLC, has helped Scottsdale residents find effective solutions for complex legal concerns. Attorney Chris Mathers understands that your child’s well-being is your number one concern, which is why he will tirelessly advocate for a fair parenting arrangement. Whether you are pursuing divorce or are an unmarried parent, you can rely on us to resolve your family law matter effectively.
Factors That Affect Your Parenting Agreement
In Arizona, family court judges no longer award custody to parents. Parents now receive decision-making rights and parenting time in its place.
As a parent, you can negotiate for:
- Sole or partial decision-making rights about your child’s education, health care, religious upbringing and other important factors.
- Equal parenting time or primary residential time, which means that the child will live with one parent and the other parent will have visitation rights.
When you hire us, we will work to obtain an out-of-court agreement, which can limit the impact this issue has on the relationship with your child and help you save money. We can also work with you to modify an agreement that you currently have in place, if possible. As a former prosecutor, attorney Mathers is prepared to go to court to defend your interests.
How The Best Interest Of The Child Standard Affects Your Parenting Rights
When parents cannot agree to terms, it is up to a judge to determine parenting rights and access. Judges make their decision according to the “best interest of the child” standard, which includes these factors:
- The child’s past, present and future relationship with each parent
- The child’s ability to adapt to new living arrangements
- Either parent’s history of mental, physical or emotional abuse
- Either parent’s history of alcohol or substance abuse
- The child’s stated preference if the child is old enough to make that decision
After the family law judge awards decision-making rights or parental access, each parent must obey the terms of this court order. Parents who violate this order can be fined or required to attend parenting classes.
It can be challenging to navigate the legal process and receive the terms you deserve on your own. Count on us to defend your parenting rights every step of the way.