At What Age Can Children In Arizona Decide Where They Want To Live?

Parents of divorced or separated parents often want to know when their children can decide where they want to live.  In fact, Arizona has no “magic age” at which the children can choose their own parenting time schedule. The Court does consider the wishes of the children in determining custody and parental access.  The Court has the authority to interview the children or have court personnel or a private custody evaluator interview the children.  Parents can request such an … [Read more...]

What Can I Do To Get Custody of Or Access With A Child That Is Not Mine In Arizona?

Arizona recognizes rights to custody of or access with children for non-parents under certain circumstances.   This article will address two forms of non-parental access to children through the family law Court:  grandparents’ rights and what is called in loco parentis rights.  However, there are also methods for non-parents to care for children through the juvenile court, such as where the children do not have a parent willing or able to care for them or where the parties are in the … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Paternity Action?

A paternity action is what one files when they have a child or children with another person who is not his/her spouse.  In an Arizona paternity action, the Court will establish who the father of the child/children is.  If a parent disputes paternity, he/she can request a DNA test.  The Court will also establish custody (whether the parents should share joint custody or one parent should have sole custody), parental access, child support, and the division of any lying in expenses (expenses … [Read more...]

How is Child Custody Determined in Arizona?

In Arizona, the Courts are required to determine whether parents are to have joint custody or sole custody when the parents file for an Arizona divorce or file a paternity action (where the parents were never married).  The Court also has to make these determinations when a parent has asked the Court to modify the custody or parenting time orders. Joint custody in Arizona means that the parents jointly make important decisions about such things as education, health and religion.  Sole custody … [Read more...]

Can You Mediate A Dispute Involving Children in Arizona?

If your relationship is ending in Arizona and you have natural or adopted children, you likely need Court Orders addressing your children.  When you are ending a marriage, the legal action is called a dissolution of marriage (or divorce).   When you are not married, but have children, the legal action is called a paternity action.   In either case, you will need orders regarding child custody, a parenting (or visitation) plan,  Arizona child support and the division of medical expenses and tax … [Read more...]

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