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Guardianship

There are many ways to establish authority and gain custody over a child that is not yours. Two options include "Guardianship" and "Non-Parent Custody" (also known as in loco parentis custody). The differences between the two are great and require a thorough analysis of each person's individual situation.

Grandparents Rights in Arizona

The State of Arizona has a provision which allows grandparents to have visitation rights over a parent's objection. In order to accomplish this; (1) the grandparent must overcome the presumption that the parent always acts "in the best interest of the child," and (2) access to the grandparents is in the child's best interest. This burden must be overcome by a "preponderance of the evidence" (i.e. the grandparent must show by a 51% probability that visitation is "in the child's best interest"). 

ATTENTION SINGLE PARENTS: REMEMBER THIS IN A CHILD CUSTODY FIGHT

While you were never married to your children's other parent, you may have only recently decided to break up with him or her, thus placing you in a position that is sort of like being divorced, but not. When your ex warned you that he or she was going to sue you for custody, you knew the months ahead were likely going to be quite stressful. Fighting a child custody battle as a single parent can be quite challenging.

Divorce Do's & Don'ts

The following is a list of "Do's" and "Don'ts" which, if followed, will save you from a lot of headaches in the future. Because you are already reading this website, you are well on your way to making an informed and educated decision regarding your Divorce in Arizona or other Family Law matters. Now take the next step and call Steven E. Sufrin to set up a free initial consultation today!

Making Your Divorce Easier

Going through the divorce process is an emotional, stressful time in a person's life, which is even made even more difficult when the divorce is a "bad" one. According to one counselor and mental health consultant, Diana Dodson, divorcing couples need to learn how to have a more amenable divorce, especially when there are children involved. Dr. Dodson states that it is difficult for divorcing couples to not have feelings of anger, getting even with the ex-spouse, blaming the spouse for the marriage problems, not accepting responsibility for the marriage break-up, denying problems exist, putting children in the middle, feeling like a failure or feeling rejected.

Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents

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Co-parenting after a split is rarely easy, especially if you have a contentious relationship with your ex-partner. You may be concerned about your ex's parenting abilities, stressed about child support or other financial issues, feel worn down by conflict, or think you'll never be able to overcome all the resentments in your relationship. But co-parenting amicably with your ex can give your children the stability, security, and close relationships with both parents they need. For the sake of your kids' well-being, it is possible for you to overcome co-parenting challenges and develop a cordial working relationship with your ex. With these tips, you can remain calm, stay consistent, and resolve conflicts to make joint custody work and enable your kids to thrive.