Arizona Child Custody & Support Lawyer
As a Chandler custody attorney, divorcing couples also ask me about how their children’s custody will be determined. Families in Chandler Arizona and other locations can be assured that their children’s best interests are always put first in such cases. The court determines the best living arrangement for a divorcing couple’s minor children. To make this determination, judges take several things into consideration. They must consider the willingness and ability of both parents to care for their children. A parent who shows signs of reluctance or instability may be determined to be unfit to care for his or her children on an everyday basis. Likewise, judges may take into consideration the wishes of a child, especially if that child is deemed old enough and mature enough to express his or her living arrangement preferences.
A judge must also consider how well the child would adjust to his or her new living arrangement. If children show signs of significant distress when faced with moving to a new home or going to a new school, the judge may award custody to the parent who agrees to remain in the family’s home or in close proximity to the children’s school. Of course, any custody arrangement also depends on whether or not abuse and neglect existed in the marriage. In these circumstances, custody is often denied to the parent who is proven to be abusive.
If people can maintain a civil relationship and ensure that their children will have meaningful contact with both parents, they may share custody of their kids. The parent who has the children during the school week or who is charged with the full-time care of the children often is awarded financial support. Their Chandler divorce lawyer may advise them that amount is based on the earnings of the other parent. It most often is paid to a court trustee; this money is then distributed to the custodial parent.
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