Child Custody Lawyer Scottsdale, Arizona
At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our Phoenix and Scottsdale child custody attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and their children. We apply our in-depth knowledge of the law along with forceful advocacy to help you achieve the best possible results in any number of custody or visitation matters.
We Handle a Wide Range of Custody Issues in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ
Our Arizona divorce lawyer has the skill and experience to handle nearly any type of custody issue, including:
- Child custody determinations
- Modification of child custody orders
- Third-party visitation
- Non-parent custody issues
- Grandparents’ rights
- Step-parent visitation rights
- Step-parent adoption
- Dependency issues
- Emergency visitation
- Interstate custody disputes
- Legal decision making for children
- Parental alienation
- Parental kidnapping
Determining Child Custody After an Arizona Divorce
When it comes to custody, Arizona law is gender neutral, that is, it favors neither fathers nor mothers. Courts will usually give parents either joint legal custody or sole legal custody of a child. They may also make decisions regarding visitation or parenting time with the child.
The courts take a number of factors into account when making a custody determination. These factors include looking at which parent has been the child’s primary caretaker and which parent is more likely to help build meaningful relationships between the child and the other parent. The courts will also consider any incidents involving domestic violence or patterns of alcoholism or drug abuse. Evidence of this type of behavior may create a presumption that the parent is not fit to have custody of the child.
Interstate Custody Issues in Arizona Divorce Cases
Once an Arizona family court grants a custody order, that court usually has the continuing power, or jurisdiction, over changes to the order. If you are considering relocation out of Arizona, or if a spouse is contemplating a move, you need to speak with an attorney about potential legal implications. At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our lawyer can answer any questions you may have, and can also handle any interstate custody disputes.
Call for a Consultation with a Scottsdale Child Custody Attorney
If you are involved in a legal matter concerning custody or visitation, we can help. Contact our Phoenix child custody lawyer online or call 480-209-1918 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly and as painlessly as possible.