Child Custody

Scottsdale Child Custody Lawyer

We Protect Your Child's Best Interests

As difficult any family law matter can be, from divorce to paternity proceedings, few processes are as contested as child custody. When the well-being of your child is at stake, you can find the experienced, compassionate, and award-winning representation you deserve at Owens and Perkins, P.C.

What Makes Our Child Custody Attorneys Unique?

  • 80+ years’ combined legal experience
  • Exceptional reviews from past clients
  • Clients are treated like family
  • AV Rated Firm by Martindale-Hubbell for our very high ethical standards and legal ability
  • 2016 Avvo Clients’ Choice for Divorce Lawyer

Contact Owens and Perkins, P.C. at (480) 630-2464 or online during this crucial legal decision-making process. We offer a free 1/2 hour case evaluation!

How Legal Custody Is Determined in Arizona

In Arizona, child custody is referred to as legal decision making. Legal decision making is also classified as legal custody, which is the right to make decisions for the child or children in specific statutory areas.

The statutory areas pertaining to child custody include:

  • Education
  • Medical care
  • Religion
  • Lifestyle choices

Arizona requires that the court or the parties involved decide who will make such decisions on behalf of the child or children (legal custody / legal decision making). Parenting time or visitation is the time that a parent is allowed to spend with his or her child or children (physical custody). Legal decision making can be granted to only one parent, which is called sole custody, or to both parents, which is called joint custody. The legal standard for determining custody is what is in the best interests of the child.

The court looks at many factors before deciding custody matters:

  • The wishes of the child's parent or parents
  • The wishes of the child
  • The interrelationship of the child with parents and other family members or persons who may affect the child's best interest
  • The child's adjustment to home, school, and community
  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
  • Which parent is likely to allow frequent and meaningful continuing contact of the child with the other
  • Who has provided primary care for the child
  • The nature and extent of coercion or duress used by a parent in obtaining an agreement regarding custody
  • Whether a parent has attended the mandatory educational program
  • Whether either parent was convicted of an act of false reporting of child abuse or neglect
  • Whether there has been domestic violence or child abuse

Whether you have sole or joint custody, the orders that are entered by the court or the agreement you enter into will be in effect until the youngest child is emancipated. Having a carefully drafted, detailed agreement can make your life much easier going forward for both the parents and the children.

Contact our firm at (480) 630-2464 to gain a stronger understanding of your child custody case.

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