It is important to remember that children need both of their parents even when their parents are divorcing. Child custody refers to the legal and practical rights over a child — including where the child lives and who makes the decisions.
At the Law Office of Donna M. Hougen, also known as Hougen Family Law, we fight for you and your children when it comes to litigating your child custody matters. We work — preferably through a process of analysis and negotiation — to reach results that are in the best interests of the children and that work for all the parties involved. This approach can lead to faster and more cost-effective resolution of child custody matters.
The focus of a child custody case must be kept on the child, and your child needs you. We understand Arizona child custody laws and can guide you through the legal process helping you achieve your custody goals. Arizona family courts determine custody based on the best interests of the child, taking into consideration a great deal of information, including the following basic factors:
The best interests of a child often require the participation and cooperation of both parents. We can help parents show the court terms of child custody in a parenting plan that will work for you:
An Arizona family court will not grant custody or visitation to a parent if there is a substantial risk of danger to a child because of that parent's behavior. It generally takes a great deal for a court to deny a parent parenting time. Parents who have a difficult time getting custody and visitation generally have the burden of proving they are safe and proper parents. Parents who make allegations of abuse and work to prevent a parent from seeing a child without significant evidence may be perceived as inappropriate parents. Common allegations that may preclude a parent from seeing a child include:
It is important from the beginning of acquiring knowledge constituting parental unfitness allegations to aggressively forward your issues or you may lose your right to raise or defend against them. Seek the advice of an experienced attorney if you are ever faced with such issues.
When you need help with child custody matters, call the Law Office of Donna M. Hougen at 480.657.7505 or contact Donna directly to schedule your free initial consultation.