When facing divorce, there are two broad categories that encompass the children’s issues that must be resolved, Child Custody and Child Support. What most people refer to as Child Custody is split into two categories, Legal Custody and Physical Custody. In Arizona, this is known as Legal Decision-Making and Parenting Time which are determined in the best interests of the child. Child Support is determined by the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. Parents who attempt to resolve these issues without experienced attorneys can find themselves with limited parenting time and an inappropriate award of child support. Contact us to find out what your rights are and how we can help you protect them.
Child Custody (Parenting Time and Legal Decision-Making)
Child Custody is now referred to as Parenting Time and Legal Decision-Making. Parenting Time refers to the time your children spend with each parent. Legal Decision-Making refers to how important decisions concerning your children’s health, welfare, education and religion are made.
Resolving these issues can be easier said than done, especially when parents struggle with communication. Our goal is to reach a resolution outside of court where we can best tailor a solution that meets the needs of the children and the parents. However, sometimes the parties cannot reach an agreement and court intervention is necessary. If court intervention is necessary then it is important to know what information the Judge wants to see and how they want it presented to them. An experienced family law attorney will know how best to present the information to the Judge so they can decide in the best interests of your children.
Child Support is calculated using the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. Generally, child support is calculated by inserting values into a Child Support Calculator, such as the parties’ income and costs incurred for things like health insurance for the children or daycare costs. But not all child support issues are that straightforward. Many times, parties disagree on the figures the Court would use to calculate a child support order.