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Family put through ordeal in child custody case

When a child is subjected to neglect or abuse, it is the role of each state's department of child services to investigate the matter and determine the appropriate course of action. In Arizona and elsewhere, these governmental agencies do a great deal of good work within the community, and many children are saved from harm each and every year. That said, not every case is handled in the proper manner, and when a stable and loving family gets tangled up with social services, the resulting child custody matter can be financially and emotionally devastating.

Marijuana use could impact a child custody case

The legalization of marijuana is a topic that has garnered a great deal of media attention in recent months. As states continue to work toward resolution on the matter, parents are left in a tenuous position when it comes to how use of the drug could affect them during a child custody challenge. Family law courts are known to lag behind all major social change, and the legalization of marijuana is no exception. For Arizona parents faced with the issue, it is important to mount an aggressive legal response as soon as possible.

Children jailed for refusing visitation with father

Arizona parents may be shocked to hear of an unusual and controversial case in which three minor children have been placed within a juvenile detention facility for refusing to visit with their estranged father. A judge made the decision to incarcerate the children after the most recent hearing in the long-running child custody case, and is the subject of a great deal of outrage. Many believe that she has far overstepped her authority in the matter, and is using an undue level of pressure in trying to force the kids to engage in court-ordered visitation with their father.

Flexibility is key when creating child custody arrangements

When Arizona parents are moving toward divorce, the top priority is usually how to structure a custody arrangement that is best for their shared children. This can be a challenge, because while parents have access to a huge body of research on various child custody options, there is no consensus among social scientists as to which choice is best for kids. An example lies in the debate surrounding whether children fare better when they divide time equally between both parents, versus a more traditional every-other-weekend visitation schedule.

Child custody and virtual visitation in Arizona

As technology continues to revolutionize communication, more divorce cases across the country are taking into account "virtual visitation," or the use of Internet technology such as instant messaging and video chat, to facilitate contact between children and noncustodial parents beyond the scope of regular physical visitation. Arizona does not have a formal virtual visitation law, but Arizona courts are examining the issue of virtual visitation as it affects parenting time and how it may change the child custody landscape.

What parents need to know about parenting plans

In Arizona and across the country, parenting plans are an important part of the overall process when two parents separate. A parenting plan lays out dates and structure to help both parents adhere to a consistent schedule. Consistency is important for the children involved and helps them feel secure.

Decision-making in shared custody situations

Arizona parents may be interested in some information about one type of child custody that is vitally important in raising a child. Legal custody governs much of the decision-making surrounding a child's upbringing after the parents divorce. While physical custody deals with parenting time, legal custody has to do with the legal right to make the important decisions in a child's life. The types of decisions that legal custody governs include the child's religious upbringing, medical procedures and other healthcare issues, and choices about the child's education.

How to establish paternity voluntarily

Establishing the biological and legal father of a child has many benefits for the child, such as access to the father's medical and family records and the potential to receive medical, inheritance, Social Security and other benefits. When an Arizona man believes that he is the father but the fact is not legally documented, he may seek to establish paternity.

Why are parenting plans necessary?

Arizona law allows divorcing parents to decide among themselves how parenting time will be divided. Indeed, the courts prefer that parents work together to develop parenting plans because those who have reached an agreement are more likely to cooperate with one another as their children age. The primary purposes of parenting plans are to allow consistency and predictability in future interactions and minimize future conflict. The plan should set forth the parents' understanding regarding legal custody, the parenting time schedule and the ways in which rights and privileges will be shared. The plan must contain a statement about custody, setting forth whether sole legal custody is given to one parent or the parents will have joint legal custody.

Child custody and visitation in Arizona

Arizona parents who are divorcing will also need to come to an agreement regarding child custody and visitation. This is ideally decided by themselves in furtherance of the child's best interests, but when that is not possible, the court will step in and make a decision.

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