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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.

Mistakes for divorced parents of teens to avoid

Divorced parents in Arizona who may have co-parented successfully for years might face new challenges as their children become teens. Parents may make the mistake of taking a more hands-off approach to their child and one another under the assumption that the teen is mature and responsible. While this is sometimes true, teens still need monitoring and guidance.

When kids are involved in a divorce, they come first

Arizona divorces come in all shapes and sizes. Some marriages fail in the early years, some do not survive after several decades of union. While the ultimate reason why divorce proceedings are initiated may be as unique as the couple involved, at some point, the conclusion is reached that the two are better off apart than together. The dynamics of how the two handle this life-changing decision is severely tested when children are part of the equation. They are the most vulnerable and need the most protection.

Parents can't always work together

Ideally, parents in Arizona and throughout the country will work together to raise their children after a divorce. However, this is not always possible. For example, if a parent has a substance abuse issue, it may be difficult for that person to be present or to behave in a consistent manner. If an individual has made threats against another person or an animal, it may not be possible for that person to be a good parent to a son or daughter.

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