Our family law attorneys are well versed in both parenting time and legal decision making for children. Even if parents can agree on a joint parenting plan, it is advisable to have attorney representation as the courts will look to the best interests of the child, not the parents. In other cases, where abuse and neglect allegations may be made, it is vital to have legal representation. Our attorneys assist in finding experts for custody evaluations, work to ensure that the child is protected, including supervised visitation, and help a parent who has been wrongly accused.
We have represented hundreds of Arizona parents in custody and support cases. Arizona law requires custodial and non-custodial parents to provide “reasonable support” for their minor children. This obligation is unavoidable and Arizona courts impose the “best interests” of the child standard during every step of a divorce or paternity proceeding. The court gives child support obligation priority over all other financial obligations of the parent. Our family law attorneys are intimately familiar with Arizona child support guidelines.
There are cases when paternity is at issue. Establishment of paternity provides rights to the child and rights and obligations to the father. The child may be entitled to medical benefits, rights to inheritance, and social security or veteran benefits. The father has legal parental rights. Our attorneys have effectively represented either party in paternity cases.