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Child Visitation Rights and Parent Custody

If the biological parents of a child are going through a divorce, they have the right to seek child custody, or parenting time, also called child visitation. The parents of a child can seek custody or visitation, regardless of the fact whether they were ever married or not when the child was born. When courts take a decision, that decision is taken based upon the best interest of a child. Usually, courts are required to take a decision in cases related to disputed child visitation, or custody cases where the parents were never married.

Can Text Messages Be Subpoenaed for Divorce in Arizona?

Getting divorced in Arizona is fairly simple, especially if both of you agree that you need to go through with the marriage dissolution. Arizona is a no-fault state, which means you don't have to prove one party or the other is responsible for the end of the marriage.

Child Custody: Summer Plans

Summertime is all about fun in the sun, but if you have child custody arrangements to consider, it's best you sort those out prior to vacation time. While you and your co-parent may have your custody arrangement nailed down while your kids are in school, summer vacation can throw all of your plans off-kilter. With summer just around the corner, consider these key issues with child custody in the summer to prepare yourself and your family for new arrangements.

Virtual Visitation: A Sensible Child Custody Option?

When a couple with children divorces, it is best for the children if both parents are actively involved in their lives, which a custody order can provide. Unfortunately for the non-custodial parent, events occur that cause separation between themselves and their children. Although the non-custodial parent tries to be there for his or her children, situations, such as a new job or marriage to a new spouse, occur and they cannot physically be in the same town or even state as his or her children.

Marijuana Use and Child Custody Battles in Arizona

When a person is going through a divorce or separation, there are so many things that happen at once that it can all be overwhelming. However, few things become more emotional and stressful during a divorce than issues surrounding a couple's minor children.

Divorce worries: Cost vs. Loss

Out of all the things that one must worry about in relation to a divorce, cost is the highest ranked. Yes, that's right, cost. A recent survey performed by Avvo, a legal website, surveyed approximately 900 people and discovered that the cost of a divorce was the biggest worry among the couples involved.

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").