If you are a father, you may never be involved in negotiations more important than those that govern the terms of your relationship with your children and affect your rights as a father. In Arizona, child custody rights for fathers are now, by law, equal to those of mothers.
At our Phoenix family law firm, we exclusively represent men and fathers in family law matters. This niche focus allows us to provide tailored representation to fathers in child custody proceedings. With more than a decade of experience in this area, Mr. Werner has developed proven strategies that effectively protect the rights of fathers in custody and parenting disputes.
Temporary Agreements Today Can Have A Lasting Impact
Talk with a family law and divorce lawyer before moving out of your home or agreeing to temporary custody or visitation arrangements with the mother of your child or children.
If you are thinking of a separation or divorce, before discussing any arrangement with your spouse, contact our Phoenix law office for a free consultation. Men sometimes think it will be easier to agree to temporary arrangements while proceeding with divorce or separation. However, a judge may look at your behavior as an indication of the strength of your position regarding your access to your children. Any agreement you enter into that limits your access to your children could be used as a pattern of conduct for a final divorce decree or custody order.
Primary Custody, Joint Custody, Physical, Legal — What Do They Mean For You?
There are a variety of custody options available. We can help you determine what arrangement fits your goals and your family's needs, including:
- Legal custody/legal decision making — The courts prefer to see parents come to an agreement for joint legal custody. This means that the parents will cooperate in making decisions together regarding the child's religion, medical care and education. In some situations, however, a parent may be awarded sole legal custody, meaning all decisions regarding religion, medical care and education are made by that parent only.
- Physical custody/parenting time — Physical custody, in other words where a child resides, may be an equal and shared arrangement where a child's time is evenly split between two homes. Another option is to have the child reside with a primary custodial parent. Then, the parents would develop a visitation and parenting time schedule. Just remember, a father has as much legal right as a mother to be the primary custodial parent.
We have proven strategies that assist men and fathers in effectively exercising their rights to be considered equally in custody evaluations and decisions regarding custody/legal decision making and visitation/parenting time.
Laws Of Arizona Regarding Custody Relocation
Arizona's custody relocation law has requirements to protect the noncustodial parent against a child being moved out of state. If you are concerned that the mother of your child is considering a move, contact a custody attorney at the first opportunity — it is important to take steps to exercise your legal rights effectively and in a timely manner.
Contact A Custody Lawyer About Your Case
Our law firm exclusively represents men and fathers in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. We can help you with your paternity case, custody matter, divorce or other family law matter. Call our Phoenix law office at 480-283-0352 or contact us online for your free consultation. Mr. Werner personally and aggressively works with clients to develop strategies to protect your rights as a parent, a wage earner and a property owner.