You know your schedule better than the courts do. You know when you are
most available and when you will want your children with you the most.
You also know your children better than the courts do and understand what
is in their best interests. You also want to protect your children from
the turmoil of a "custody battle." These are reasons why we
want to help you create a parenting time schedule that fits your lifestyle
and is in your children's best interests.
If you and the other parent are not on good terms and can't work out
a parenting time schedule together, the court will have the responsibility
to create one for you. As part of the process, the parents may attend
a Parenting Conference or participate in a comprehensive custody evaluation.
The children may be interviewed.
Keeping Both Parents Involved
The Arizona courts want to keep both parents involved in children's
lives as long as doing so is safe and in their best interests. The court
also encourages parents to both be involved in child-related activities
such as sports games, recitals, plays, or school events. If possible,
parents should coordinate a steady and consistent schedule to guarantee
that both parents will be actively involved in the children's lives.
There are many different parenting time schedules that are possible. The
key is to find the one that both parents agree to and is in the best interests
of the children. After listening to you explain your situation, our firm
can suggest parenting time schedules that may work for you and your children.
We will work with you to find a parenting time arrangement which specifies
the regular weekly schedule, holidays, vacation, and other issues.
Modification of Parenting Time and Relocation
Maybe you have parenting time schedule in place with a Court order, but
it isn't working well for the children anymore. Or maybe you want
to relocate out of state for health, employment or other reasons? Before
filing anything with the court, you should consult with Stein and Stein,
P.C. to determine your probability of success, and to find out your rights
and options. Modifications of decision-making and parenting time are addressed
in A.R.S. 25-411 and applicable case law. There are specific rules in
relocation cases that must be followed in A.R.S 25-408. An experienced
family law attorney can guide you through the necessary requirements to
make sure your case is effectively presented. We have effectively represented
clients in court in both modification and relocation cases.
Assisting East Valley Residents with Decision Making & Parenting Plans
Our co-founding attorney, Maria Stein at Stein and Stein, P.C., has substantial
experience negotiating creative child-focused decision-making and parenting
time agreements when possible. If agreements cannot be reached, we assertively
and effectively advocate our client's positions at trial to help maximize
their probability of success. The goal is to maximize each parent's
time in a healthy and appropriate arrangement that is in the best interests
of the children. There are many different parenting time schedules, and
the options are almost limitless if both parents agree. Maintaining child-focused
discussions is helpful to work toward resolution. We provide excellent
service through a difficult time with compassionate guidance.
Call our firm to learn more.