Divorcing parents likely have a number of concerns to consider including what type of child custody arrangement will be best for their children. The family law court focuses on achieving what is in the best interests of the child in all circumstances related to child custody and when children are part of a divorce. Parents may wonder if it is best for the children to remain with their mother or share time equally with both parents.
A divorce is seldom a straightforward procedure, even when the circumstances seem simple. For couples with one or more children, however, a divorce settlement can become quite complicated. Children are not an asset to be divided 50-50 or given to one partner or the other. They are a life-long responsibility for both parents and their best interests are a priority.
Is there ever a good or bad time to file for divorce? The answer may surprise you. When a marriage is no longer satisfying, or is just downright bad, it may be tempting to cut and run as quickly as possible.
When many Arizona couples divorce, they find ways to share custody and allow both parents to continue to be involved in the children's lives. However, for some reason or another, some parents file for sole custody. They might think that the other parent is not a fit mother or father. Perhaps one parent refuses to work and earn money to support the child, or maybe the parent lives a partying lifestyle and allowing him or her to raise the child would be detrimental to the child. NBA star Paul George is asking for sole child custody of his baby daughter with limited parenting time for the baby's mother -- if his paternity is confirmed.
Whether in Arizona or another state, when it comes to child custody agreements, parents should understand that the agreements need to be followed. If the father is supposed to share custody with the mother, he needs to make sure that the schedule is followed. If the mother has sole custody but the father can see the children on certain holidays, she needs to drop the kids off per the arrangement.
In previous posts we’ve looked at how parents can more effectively work with one another after a divorce. Child custody agreements help the transition go smoothly, but things always come up and disagreements may happen.
A previous post discussed a recent debate centered on child custody decisions, specifically which parent should be awarded primary custody. Figuring out the co-parenting schedule can seem like the most challenging part of a custody dispute, but what happens after the agreement is signed and in place?
When it comes to agreeing on a child custody agreement, it seems to be a balancing act. How often will a child spend time with one parent versus the other? What school will he or she attend? What holidays will be spent with mom? Who pays for summer camp?
Probably the most sensitive aspect of all divorce cases involving children is child custody. Parents, as well as the Arizona courts, want to their best to protect the well-being of children during the process of divorce as well as their futures.
Did you know that January has taken on an unofficial nickname? "Divorce month" is just weeks away, with holiday celebrations to look forward to (or dread) between now and then.