Child Custody

Child custody can be the most contentious issue in family law. These cases, maybe more so than any others, can have very serious and far-reaching consequences, especially if mishandled. Our highly rated child custody attorneys are committed to providing exceptional representation in all child custody cases.


Our child custody attorneys can help you establish paternity, legal decision-making, parenting time, and child support.

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Child custody plans don't always work out. We can help modify legal decision-making or parenting time when needed.

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Unfortunately, the other parent doesn't always follow the court orders. We can help you seek enforcement or contempt.

A.R.S § 25-414

Child Custody in Arizona

In Arizona, the term child custody has been replaced by two concepts — legal decision-making and parenting time. Legal decision-making refers to the parents' authority to make certain important decisions for their children. Examples of these decisions include religious, educational, and non-emergency medical decisions. Parenting time refers to the time the children spend with each parent. Some people still refer to this as physical custody or visitation. Parenting time factors profoundly into the calculation of child support in Arizona.

In Arizona, the family court must consider the “best interest” factors prescribed by A.R.S. § 25-403.
Sole or full custody is mostly a misnomer in Arizona. A parent can be awarded sole legal decision-making, but that will not preclude parenting time with the other parent.
Joint legal decision-making means that the parents must confer regarding all non-emergency major legal decisions. It also means that neither parent’s rights are superior. If the parents cannot agree on a particular decision, they will have to consult their decree to see if it specifies a ‘tiebreaker’ in the event of disagreement. If it does not, the parents may need to ask the Court to decide and/or ask the Court to modify legal decision-making to give one parent sole legal decision-making or at least “final say.”

Yes. If the family court has concerns about a parent’s fitness or ability to safely care for a child, it may order supervised parenting time. Supervised parenting time may occur with a trusted third party or at a Court-ordered facility.
Like most orders in family court, legal decision-making and parenting time can be modified. The process for modification varies slightly, but generally parents must wait at least from the previous court order before modification.
Attorney’s fees may depend on the complexity of the issues in your case. The average hourly rate for a child custody lawyer in Phoenix is probably between $250 and $350.

Of course, we offer affordable flat fees as an alternative to the outrageous billing practices at other family law firms.

Arizona Custody Attorneys

Our child custody attorneys have litigated hundreds of cases involving nearly every issue imaginable. We excel at resolving difficult family law litigation.

North Scottsdale Child Custody Attorneys

North Scottsdale

16427 North Scottsdale Road
Suite 410
Scottsdale, Arizona
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Central Phoenix Child Custody Attorneys

Central Phoenix

2415 East Camelback Road
Suite 700
Phoenix, Arizona
tel (602) 730-6436

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If you need to establish, modify, or enforce parenting time or legal decision-making in Arizona, contact our child custody attorneys for a free consultation. We've helped hundreds of families through difficult family law litigation and offer affordable flat fees that have saved our clients thousands of dollars when compared to other family lawyers in Phoenix.