Tucson Child Custody Attorney
Child Custody & Visitation Lawyer in Pima County
At McNorton Fox, we are committed to helping families resolve child custody and visitation issues in a way that is practical, efficient, and in the best interests of the child. We understand that these types of disputes can have a significant impact on children, and we work diligently to help our clients resolve these cases in a way that is healthy and beneficial.
Our family law firm represents both mothers and fathers seeking child custody and visitation rights. We also represent grandparents and other relatives who have a significant interest in caring for a child. If you are facing a child custody or visitation issue, please contact us for a consultation.
What Is Child Custody?
Child custody refers to the arrangement a court orders for children when their parents are separating or divorcing. This arrangement may include physical custody (where the child lives) and legal custody (the responsibilities and authority to make decisions about the child).
Types of Custody
Arizona law recognizes two types of custody:
- Sole custody
- Joint custody
Sole custody refers to a situation where one parent has primary decision-making authority over the child. Joint custody refers to a situation where both parents share equal decision-making authority.
Parents can also share physical custody, which refers to the arrangement where the child spends time with each parent. Parents can share physical custody in a number of ways, including 50/50 or rotating on a weekly or monthly basis. Parents can also share legal custody, which refers to the decision-making and authority to make decisions about the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. Shared legal custody refers to an arrangement where both parents have equal decision-making authority.
Parents can also agree to a 50/50 shared custody arrangement, but this must be approved by a judge. A shared custody arrangement must be in the child's best interests.
Tips for Preparing for Your Child Custody Case
When it comes to your child custody case, the most important thing is to make sure you have a strong advocate on your side. When you work with our family law firm, you can be confident that we will work tirelessly to help you reach an arrangement that is in the best interests of your child.
To help make sure you are prepared to discuss your custody arrangement with a judge, consider the following:
- Make a list of all the important people in your child's life, including relatives and close family friends
- Make a list of the activities and programs your child enjoys and how they are spent with each parent
- Make a list of your child's daily routine and how it is spent with each parent
- Make a list of your child's medical and educational needs, including special needs and unique circumstances
- Make a list of your child's strengths, talents, and interests
- Make a list of your child's routines, schedule, and bedtime
- Make a list of your child's favorite things, including their favorite toys, books, movies, songs, etc.
- Make a list of the important family events your child will miss if they are not with you on certain holidays
Our Child Custody Approach
Our child custody lawyers are committed to helping you reach an agreement that is in the best interests of your child. However, we are also prepared to take your case to court if necessary. We understand that these are some of the most important legal issues you will face as a parent, and we will do everything we can to advocate for your parental rights.
We are committed to providing high-quality legal representation to all our clients, regardless of their financial situation. If you are facing a child custody case, we can help.
Call (520) 415-2970 to schedule a consultation.
We work hard to honor families of all kinds, and care deeply about your case.
We'll keep you updated every step of the way; you'll never be in the dark.
Your attorney will work closely with you, tailoring your legal care to fit your needs.
Pooling our resources, our experienced team collaborates to best serve your family.