Surprise Parenting Time Attorney
An Arizona Child Custody Attorney is a legal professional who will protect your rights and represent you when facing a Child Custody battle in Maricopa County, Arizona. The Enholm Law, PLLC Surprise Child Custody Attorney that you meet with for your initial consultation will show you the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Your attorney will evaluate the specifics of your Child Custody situation in relation to Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 25-403. During your initial meeting we will discuss all existing documents and evidence that could possibly have an effect on the outcome of your case.
Parenting Time is a separate and unique entity from Legal Decision Making in Arizona as of January of 2013. Most people think of Child Custody as one issue but they are really two different issues in the eyes of the court. Parenting Time deals with visitation and the Arizona Superior Court makes every possible effort to insure that both parents receive frequent, meaningful and equal time with their children. In some cases, it is clear to the court that one parent could present a moral, physical or emotional danger to the child and could order curtailed or supervised visitation time for that parent.
The court uses Arizona Revised Statute 25-403 when making legal orders concerning Parenting Time. ARS 25-403 covers what is in the Best Interests of the Child. This statute was written to see that no child, natural or adopted, suffers any undue hardships beyond the already stressful situation of their parents no longer living together. There is no substitute for solid legal advice in these matters so meeting with a Surprise Parenting Time Attorney is in your best interest from the beginning. Parenting time is awarded after the court examines several factors, but three main items are examined by the court.
Work Schedule And Availability
One area that a judge will investigate is the availability, along with the schedules, of both parents. A Surprise Parenting Time Attorney will work with you to make sure that your schedule, along with your availability, will provide quality parenting time for your child. We could offer suggestions to maximize your ability to provide quality time to your child and develop a feasible parenting plan that the court will find favorable. While work is a primary factor examined, it is not the only factor concerning availability that could be important to the court. Each parent must review other commitments that would put restrictions on their availability. This could involve the health of both parents, school, general flexibility, other children not common to the spouses and any additional outside commitments.
Support Of The Parents By Others
One factor that is considered by the court is the support of the parent by others. One example of this is the responsibility of employment that could conflict with parenting time. Providing a well thought out parenting plan that provides a proper caregiver would be critical in this situation. Your finances may not allow you to use the caregiver of choice. Building a well thought out plan can show the court that you have considered the best way for your child to receive the proper supervision they require.
Another factor looked at by the court is the distance between each home that the children will be spending time. If your child is of school age, or rapidly approaching that age, this area comes under even greater scrutiny. If the two homes are fairly close together then there should be no reason that weekday visitation is ordered for both parents. In the case where the distance is too great, the court will usually order that one home is the primary residence and the other parent usually receives every other weekend.
In Arizona, Parenting Plans are covered by ARS 25-403.02. ARS 25-403.02 was written to take care of the scenario where both parents just cannot come to a mutual parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child. If parents cannot come to an agreement, each parent must submit a parenting plan to the court. A Surprise Parenting Time Attorney will work with you to build a parenting plan that meets the standards of this statute. The court will then examine both parenting plans and make a decision that is in the best interests of your child.
Parenting Plan Requirements
Parenting plans submitted to the court should include, at a minimum, the following information taken directly from ARS 25-403.02:
- A procedure for periodic review of the plan’s terms by the parents.
- A procedure by which proposed changes, disputes and alleged breaches may be mediated or resolved, which may include the use of conciliation services or private counseling.
- Each parent’s rights and responsibilities for the personal care of the child and for decisions in areas such as education, health care and religious training.
- A designation of the legal decision-making as joint or sole as defined in section 25-401.
- A procedure for the exchanges of the child, including location and responsibility for transportation.
- A procedure for communicating with each other about the child, including methods and frequency.
- A practical schedule of parenting time for the child, including holidays and school vacations.
- A statement that each party has read, understands and will abide by the notification requirements of section 25-403.05, subsection B.
Surprise Parenting Time Attorney – Consultation
During your initial consultation, your Enholm Law, PLLC Surprise Parenting Time Attorney will review the specific circumstances that you face in relationship to your legal issues. This time is set aside for your Surprise Parenting Time Attorney to listen to your side and to advise you on the strengths and weaknesses in your legal argument. All of the documents that have been drafted, any evidence that might be involved and the specific legal facts of your case will be discussed. This meeting will be held in your local area to insure that you have the maximum amount of time to focus on your specific situation.
Enholm Law, PLLC – What To Expect
At Enholm Law, PLLC, we take our slogan “we take sides…yours” extremely seriously. When you are facing legal issues of any kind, the additional burden of feeling alone or that you have no one on your side can be stressful on you both emotionally and physically. Knowing that you have someone who will listen, who will follow a defined course of action and who will protect your rights are critical factors in the personal and legal success of your case. Our staff, including your Surprise Parenting Time Attorney, are trained to work together in a cohesive unit to provide you with the personal and professional legal tools you need. We make the following promises to all of our clients:
- All meetings can be arranged in Surprise, Arizona, for your convenience.
- All of our staff undergo ongoing training in their specific fields of endeavor.
- A high level of competency and skill, to include all statutes and case law, are expected of our team.
- You will receive a comprehensive, easy to follow, plan that we only deviate from when circumstances change.
- You will receive bi-weekly status calls to update you on the progress of your case.
- All of your phone calls or emails will be returned within 24 hours or less.
- A clear Fee Structure based upon a flat fee model or hourly billing.
Call (602)889-6273 right now to receive your initial consultation with a Surprise Parenting Time Attorney who is ready to take your side.