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There are many reasons why a parent may want to modify his or her child custody order in Phoenix. Perhaps the parent started a new job and needs to change his or her visitation schedule, or he or she fears for the child’s safety under the current arrangement.

If you are looking to modify a Phoenix child custody order, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our experienced lawyer can guide you through the process and protect the best interests of your child.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney has over 20 years of experience in Arizona family law, specializing in complex child custody cases.
  • Our firm prioritizes your child’s best interests in creating your case strategy and will fight aggressively to protect his or her rights.
  • We will provide you with the resources and representation necessary to bring your child custody modification case to a successful resolution.

When Can You Modify a Phoenix Custody Order?

There are two types of custody in Arizona. Legal custody refers to a parent’s ability to make decisions on behalf of a child, while physical custody involves parenting time and visitation schedules. A custody order will allocate both legal custody and parenting time between a child’s parents.

Under Arizona law, you may petition to modify a Phoenix child custody order beginning one year after it was entered. However, you can modify the order earlier if your child’s physical, emotional, mental, or moral safety is endangered by the current arrangement. You may request that the court adjust legal custody, visitation time, or physical custody in your petition.

The court may consider a number of facts while deciding whether to modify a custody order, including the following.

  • The best interests of your child and his or her custody preferences
  • The ability of your child to adjust to changes in the home, school, or community
  • The mental and physical health of the child and each parent
  • The presence of domestic violence or child abuse
  • Whether a parent is likely to encourage a healthy relationship with the other parent
  • Whether either parent has made a false report of child abuse or neglect

How to Modify a Custody Order in Phoenix

To modify an Arizona custody order, you will need to take the following steps.

  • First, you will need to identify your basis to modify, or your reason for submitting the petition. This basis may include changes to living arrangements, scheduling conflict, or job duties.
  • Next, you will need to file your petition to modify it with the appropriate court. Your attorney from the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can prepare the right paperwork on your behalf.
  • After you file the petition, you will need to serve the other parent with the petition using a sheriff, private process server, or by certified mail. Your former partner will need to submit a response to the petition after being served.
  • Finally, your case will proceed to court or mediation. During trial, a judge will decide whether to modify the order. In mediation, you and the other parent will try to come to a resolution with the guidance of a neutral mediator. Your attorney can support you during both of these processes.

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Are you seeking to modify a child custody order in Phoenix? The Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Contact us today to discuss your case and schedule a consultation with a Phoenix custody order modification lawyer.

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