OBTAINING CHILD CUSTODY AGREEMENTS & PARENTING PLANS IN SCOTTSDALE
A joint parenting plan signed by a Judge is a court order – the purpose of which is to lay out the instructions for sharing custody of a child or children following the divorce process.
In situations where the parents cannot agree on parenting, the court will devise a plan the parents must adhere too. The court will consider the best interests of a child or children and court Judges are obliged to maximize the amount of time each party may parent. In Arizona there is gender neutrality, meaning, the gender of one parent is not considered if each parent is fit for the duties of being a parent. However, if one parent is unable to be a parent fifty percent of the time because of factors such as a criminal background, committing domestic violence or drug or alcohol abuse, a different verdict may be reached. Also, our attorneys will strongly defend you if your suitability to be a parent is being unfairly questioned.
Family courts determine child custody based on the best interests of the child, taking into consideration a great deal of details, including:
- The age of a child or children
- The child’s desires
- The desires of the parents
- The child or children’s capability to adjust to home, school and community
- Substance abuse, domestic violence, or child abuse history
- What parent has provided primary care for the the child in the past
- The mental and physical health of all parties
- The child or children’s relationship with each of their parents
- The willingness of each parent to foster a meaningful and substantial relationship with the other parent
High Desert Family Law Group is recognized as an authority in reaching the best conclusions for everyone in these circumstances. Initially, we will try to collaborate with parents and related experts schedules that fit the needs of everybody including those of the child or children. When this is not possible, we utilize specialized litigators who to prepare your case.