Custody (Legal Decision-Making)
In Arizona, the overriding goal of assigning one parent the legal decision-making responsibilities over a minor child (or children) is what is in the best interests of the minor child (or children). Courts want to ensure that the children are stable, in a caring and supportive environment, free from any abuse or danger, so that their basic needs are met, they continue to grow and experience a positive world around them, and are able to focus on school and scholastic achievement.
Any behavior from one parent or both that upends this goal is deemed to not be in the best interest of the children. Generally, many divorces begin because one parent has an ongoing drug or alcohol addiction and Arizona courts take these addictions seriously in evaluating the best interest of the children. But other factors are also heavily considered. If you need help understanding what aspect of your spouse’s actions may be evaluated against the best interests of the children, call the SPK Law.
If you are fortunate enough to have a good co-parenting relationship with the other party and have agreed to a child custody arrangement, the biggest battle has been won and we can help ensure that you are able to complete your divorce or to fully execute your custody agreement in the court system so that both parties can move on with their lives.