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When you are filing for divorce or separating from a partner in Arizona, there are several decisions you will need to make—especially if you have children. You will need to determine child support payments, visitation schedules, custody provisions, and more. You need a Mesa child custody lawyer who can guide you through the complex legal process. In these situations, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can represent you in your child custody case and advocate aggressively for your rights.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau, has over 20 years of experience in Arizona family law and specializes in complex child custody cases in Mesa.
  • We are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in your legal custody matters, placing your children’s best interests at the center of every decision we make.
  • Our attorney holds multiple awards and distinctions, including the 2019 Maricopa County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers’ Program Attorney of the Year.

Mesa Child Custody Guidelines

Parents can choose to resolve child custody issues during mediation and create arrangements under the guidance of a neutral third party mediator. If parents do not enter mediation, a court will be responsible for creating custody arrangements on their behalf. There are several factors that a court will consider when determining custody, including the following.

  • The relationship that the child has with each parent
  • The relationship that the child has with his or her siblings or any other parties involved in the custody proceedings
  • How the child will adjust to changes at home, at school, or in the community
  • The physical and mental health of the child and both parents
  • Whether a parent is likely to foster a relationship between the child and his or her former spouse
  • Whether a parent has committed an act of domestic violence or child abuse
  • Whether a parent has submitted a false report about child abuse or neglect to the court in order to gain an advantage over the other parent
  • The child’s preferences if he or she is able to make an intelligent decision
  • Any other factors that are relevant to the custody decision

If you are filing for custody of your children, it is important to have an attorney on your side who can guide you through this process. Your lawyer can examine your case and gather the evidence you need to reach an optimal outcome.

Types of Child Custody in Mesa

Under Arizona law, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make decisions for his or her child, such as choosing a medical provider or a school. Typically, courts award legal custody to both parents. In some cases, the court may decide that one parent should receive sole legal custody.

Physical custody, on the other hand, involves parenting time. In some cases, the court will award joint physical custody and each parent will share an equal amount of parenting time. If a court awards one parent more than 50 percent of physical custody, he or she will become the custodial parent. The other spouse will become the non-custodial parent but will be awarded reasonable parenting time. In some cases, the court may decide to award sole physical custody to one parent.

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If you need help with child custody arrangements in Mesa, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. We will work diligently to protect your rights and your child’s best interests. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with a Mesa child custody lawyer.

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