As a parent, you want to hold onto the lifestyle, fun outings, and family traditions you began pre-divorce. You want your children to grow up knowing they are loved and prioritized by their parent(s). If you’re involved in a divorce, ensuring that you have a solid, well thought out and fair parenting plan in place ensures everyone is taken care of and there are no grey areas of understanding.
Naturally, you are concerned about doing what is best for your children during and after divorce proceedings. No one wants to end up in a custody battle. Parents need to maintain strong bonds with their children and to continue building trust and showing love to their children. Even after the divorce, they want their children to be able to thrive and reach their full potential. Your parenting custody plan is the guiding document for building a solid future with your children.
Our Scottsdale divorce attorneys are particularly attentive to the needs and best interests of children whose parents are separated. A comprehensive parenting plan is required in all cases of shared custody. Whether it be part of a divorce, legal separation, annulment, or following paternity establishment.
Making informed choices about legal decision-making authority and parenting time are essential for the best possible outcome in your custody case. For example, you may have a budding young artist in the family who is doing studio-level work at Scottsdale Artists’ School Youth Academy on Marshall Way. A key provision in the parenting plan could ensure your children are able to attend art classes; take music lessons, and participate in specialized programs that help them fully express their gifts. You want to do everything reasonably possible to ensure each of your children has the opportunity and resources available to benefit from community programs like these.
For many parties, forensic child custody evaluations assist parents and judges in determining what the children’s best interests truly are. Moms and Dads frequently agree on a particular evaluator based upon mental health expertise and credentials. If parents are not in unison, then each may hire an independent evaluator. An experienced family law attorney near you will have worked with many evaluators in the Valley, and can make recommendations.
Do you have a sports enthusiast growing up in the house? Then both mom and dad should have the opportunity to take their youngster to see the sports memorabilia housed at Fiesta Bowl Museum on the waterfront.
Applying fathers’ rights and weighing the evidence of Dad’s parenting skills, courts will award joint legal decision-making to fathers along with equal or majority parenting time. Even sole custody is possible in certain circumstances.
To avoid emotionally draining battles, the court has continuing jurisdiction over child custody matters. Ordinarily, the family law judge will consider modifying orders after one year has passed with a substantial and continuing change of circumstances. However, modified orders may be sought at any time there is an emergency or if the child’s environment could seriously endanger his or her emotional, mental, or physical health, safety or well-being.
At Stewart Law Group, we also assist grandparents needing legal representation to maintain relationships with their grandchildren. Along with step-parents and adults standing in loco parentis to a child; Arizona law allows for visitation orders in limited circumstances when in the child’s best interests. Talk to a caring and knowledgable attorney in the Scottsdale area who can help.
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With Stewart Law Group, you need never worry about being kept apprised of new developments in your case. We keep you in the loop on every discovery matter, every legal motion and hearing, every court proceeding, and every judicial ruling and decision. If a trial is necessary, then we will prepare you for that, too. If you are dealing with custody proceedings, or simply have any questions about issues please don’t hesitate to contact our Scottsdale office. 480-425-1400