How can a parent increase their chances of getting full custody of their child in Arizona?

Phoenix, AZ – Many parents who are about to have a custody dispute or attend a custody hearing will want to try to maximize the amount of time they have with a child. This can be done by demonstrating good parenting to the judge assigned to the case, as well as showing why the other parent may have problems raising their child properly. Those who are about to have a custody battle can come up with a specific strategy with their attorney to maximize their chances at full custody. 

Best interests of the child

Arizona and other states use a general standard for child custody issues that is supposed to support the child’s best interests. This is related to things like security, healthcare, stability, education, and financial support. If one parent has consistently been providing most or all of these things, it is likely that they will receive most or all of the custody time. However, the parent must be able to actually prove that they have a strong relationship through various forms of evidence. 

Evidence of meeting the child’s best interests

Things like receipts and bills from doctor’s visits, activities related to sports and school, testimony from friends and relatives, and other forms of evidence can help the parent show their investment in their child. In terms of seeking full custody, the parent who has done most or all of these things consistently has an advantage. 

Issues that may cause a parent to lose custody time

Some parents have problems in their background that may cause them to lose some or all of their custody time. This can include criminal convictions, problems with drugs or alcohol, domestic violence, financial instability and unemployment, or even an inability to care for a child due to physical or mental disabilities. As a strategic matter, it is likely that a parent seeking full custody will reveal the other parent’s issues to their lawyer to try to gain an advantage during the custody battle. This may make it very difficult for a parent with serious problems in their background to receive anymore than a minimal amount of custody time. 

Support payments

In situations where one parent is with the child most or all of the time, it is common for the parent with less custody time to have to financially support their child through court ordered support payments. The parent is supposed to use this money towards the child’s essential needs as they receive payments. This is also a long term commitment that will last until the child reaches adulthood, and the payments cannot be modified unless a judge has agreed to do so and put a new order in place. 

More information about child custody

The family attorneys at Schneider and Onofry can be contacted to learn more.

Firm contact info:

Schneider & Onofry, P.C.

207 W. 2nd St., Yuma AZ 85364



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