Divorce is challenging for everyone involved. Your life may feel chaotic and confusing, especially if you are negotiating issues related to child custody. In many cases, an experienced child custody attorney can provide unparalleled help and support during this difficult time. Here’s how we can help at ARTEMiS Law Firm.
The basics of Arizona child custody laws
You’ve likely heard of the term “child custody.” It’s a commonly-used term that refers to two legal aspects of child care during or after a separation or divorce: legal decision-making and parenting time. These factors, together with others, are used to determine child support.
Decisions about healthcare, religious training, and the child’s education fall under legal decision-making. Parenting time refers to how often and when the child spends time with each parent. You may have also heard this as contact or visitation rights.
Child support refers to the financial support each parent provides for the child. You can learn more about the 2018 changes to the Arizona child support calculator here.
All of these laws are in place because both parents have rights and responsibilities as to a child, even after divorce. Arizona laws look at a child’s needs (physical, emotional, and mental) to determine the best situation for them after a divorce becomes final.
Why it’s important to work a child custody lawyer
In Arizona, it is possible to handle issues related to childcare and support after a divorce without an attorney. The courts in Arizona provide DIY forms with instructions.
Some families choose this route, only to find out that the process is more complicated than they thought it would be. Even for seemingly simple divorces, the unfamiliar language of the court documents and processes can be hard to decode. The decisions you make after a divorce are difficult and complex, and they directly impact your children.
At a minimum, many families work with a child custody lawyer to carefully review their child custody documents. An attorney can offer suggestions for the best legal approach for your situation.
If your divorce is disputed or either side is argumentative, it is even more important to work with an experienced child custody attorney. They can help you navigate contentious issues. They can also work with your ex’s legal counsel to come to a fair and equitable solution. An attorney is on your side and works for what’s best for your children.
How ARTEMiS Law Firm can help
At ARTEMiS Law Firm, our goal is to support you as your family navigates the challenges of child custody during and after divorce or separation.
Our attorneys handle all aspects of parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support, including:
– Filing an initial petition to establish parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support
– Negotiating the terms of an agreement related to child custody
– Arranging third party mediation for contentious situations
– Preparing clients for court in highly contested cases that don’t resolve with mediation
– Filing temporary orders (typically 90 days) to remove a child from an unsafe situation or secure resources needed for a child when the other parent is uncooperative
– Enforcing all aspects of a parenting time, legal decision-making, and child support order under Arizona laws
Our child custody lawyers are skilled and experienced on both sides of custody issues. Whether you are seeking enforcement of an existing child support order or pushing back against an unfair parenting time, legal decision-making, or child support order, we are on your side.
Why we’re different
We know how hard divorce can be. ARTEMiS Law Firm is committed to helping you and your family work through your unique situation.
We believe in transparent, honest communication from the beginning, and compassionate support for parents and their children as they move through this challenging chapter of their lives.
ARTEMiS Law Firm knows that settling issues of child custody is difficult. Let us help. Get in touch today.Contact Us