Child Custody Archives

Child Custody Cases: Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Substance abuse by a parent is one of the leading causes of divorce and post-divorce child custody modification proceedings. The effects of drug and alcohol abuse can be devastating to a family, especially the children, who have often times been exposed, neglected and abused due to a parent's addiction. As a result, courts take substance abuse allegations very seriously.

HOW TO WIN BACK CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILDREN

If you have lost child custody, it means that a court has decided that your children would be better off with someone else. Maybe your ex-spouse got custody after your divorce, or child protective services removed them from your home for cause. No matter the reason, the best method of getting back custody of your children is to convince a judge that your home is now the best place for them.  See child custody 

Changing or Modifying Your Child Custody Orders

In order to file to change or modify an existing court order divorce decree modifications, a parent must generally wait an entire year from the date the last parenting time order was entered. There are a few exceptions to this rule. If it is an emergency, such as significant domestic violence, spousal abuse or a child is in imminent danger, a parent may file at any time. If the other parent is not complying with the existing orders, you are only required to wait six months.

CHILD CUSTODY: MY CHILDREN WANT TO LIVE WITH ME. ARE THEY OLD ENOUGH TO DECIDE?

      This is a very common child custody question. Somewhere along the line, it became somewhat of an urban myth that children get to decide where they want to live once they reach a certain age. Many people express their belief that this age is somewhere around 12, 13 or 14 years of age. In Arizona, this is simply not true.

Avoid co-parenting conflicts by following these tips

The marriage has ended, but you must still interact with your ex when raising children together. Co-parenting can be the cause for major conflict after divorce, but remember that every fight over your kids adds to your children's suffering. Learn how to avoid co-parenting conflict with these tips.

Key stats showing gender bias may not influence custody

For years, there has been a prevailing idea, which some call a myth, that gender bias influences child custody cases in Arizona. According to this idea, fathers have much less of a chance of getting the children than mother, which they claim is unfair. However, some stats seem to show that gender bias may not be as common as people claim it is.

The downsides of bird nesting

If you're considering bird nesting, you likely already know about the advantages. In this type of custody arrangement, your child will stay in the marital home while you and your ex cycle in and out. This gives your children more stability and focuses on their happiness.

When do your obligations to your child end?

Getting custody of your children gives you a lot of rights, but it also gives you a number of obligations and legal duties. Common things you must do including giving children basic care, clothing, food and shelter. If you don't do this, you could run into legal trouble, such as being charged with neglect and seeing your custody rights rejected. As such, it's important to know how long these obligations last.

What does your custody agreement say about travel?

If you're thinking about traveling out of the state with your child, after a divorce, you really need to take a moment to consider your child custody agreement. The court order that was given could determine what you are allowed to do, and it can be different in every case. It's incredibly important to know what it really says and what rules are in place.

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