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How to deal with custody issues relating to child safety

Parents in Arizona generally get to stay in contact with their children after a divorce. However, custodial parents who have concerns about their children's safety may feel uncomfortable about complying with a visitation order. Those concerns could range from how a child is treated while in the other household to a son or daughter feeling anxious about seeing that parent. In some cases, it may be acceptable to deny visitation to a noncustodial parent.

Productively raising children together after splitting up

Arizona parents who are not a couple but will be co-parenting their children might at first struggle with making it work smoothly, healthily and productively. However, there are many ways they can reflect and see if their co-parenting relationship is working well.

Legal rights of unmarried fathers

Many Arizona fathers may be concerned about their rights to their children, especially if they are not married to the mother and never were. In many cases, unmarried fathers remain in a committed partnership with the mother of the child; they simply choose not to marry. Statistics show that around 40% of all kids are born to parents that are not married. In other cases, the parents have ended their romantic relationship but co-parent the child like a divorced couple. However, when no marriage exists, fathers may have to take additional steps in order to protect their rights and ensure that the parent-child relationship is enshrined in law.

Cooperation important in joint parenting plans

Going through a divorce in Arizona is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a person's life. It can be taxing physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially. In cases where there are children involved, the strain can be even worse. For parents who are willing and able to work together, though, it may be possible to create a joint parenting schedule that works for all the parties involved, parents and children. When creating a joint parenting schedule, it's important to empathize with the child's position, consider logistics and focus on the best interests of the child.

Non-custodial parents should track support payments

In situations where people are co-parenting children in Arizona, the non-custodial parent is likely to be granted generous visitation rights. The non-custodial parent should pay attention to the details of the visitation schedule and follow it closely. He or she should also keep up with and track child support payments and keep the best interests of the child as the main priority.

Necessary documents for child custody hearings

During child custody hearings in Arizona, the family court judge has to determine what type of child custody arrangement is best for the children. Parents who have to attend such hearings should make sure that they submit the necessary documents with their petitions to the court to best prove their case. They should also bring copies of these documents to the hearings.

How to co-parent after a divorce

Even after divorce, Arizona parents of minor children generally must maintain a co-parenting relationship. This can be challenging, but it is important to the well-being of their children that they try to avoid conflict. Some parents may struggle to communicate after a divorce, so they might settle on a method that does not require them to talk to each other, such as email or text. There are also online tools that parents can use for scheduling and other custody and visitation-related communication. Children should never be used to carry messages back and forth.

Non-custodial parents play an important role

Arizona parents who decide to divorce could face major changes in how their families function. While most parents hate to spend more time away from their children than necessary, divorce usually comes with some level of shared time between the exes. There are a number of different configurations for child custody, reflecting the fact that each family is unique. While joint or shared custody is becoming much more popular in family courts, there are also a number of reasons why families may choose one parent to maintain primary physical custody.

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