Call Us:
480.345.2652
FREE Initial Consultation

Archives

  • June 2017 (4)
  • April 2017 (5)
  • March 2017 (5)
  • February 2017 (5)
  • January 2017 (5)
  • December 2016 (5)
  • November 2016 (5)
  • October 2016 (5)
  • September 2016 (5)
  • August 2016 (5)
  • July 2016 (5)
  • June 2016 (5)
  • May 2016 (7)
  • April 2016 (5)
  • March 2016 (5)
  • February 2016 (5)
  • January 2016 (6)
  • December 2015 (5)
  • November 2015 (5)
  • October 2015 (8)
  • September 2015 (3)
  • August 2015 (9)
  • July 2015 (5)
  • June 2015 (5)
  • May 2015 (5)
  • March 2015 (5)
  • February 2015 (5)
  • January 2015 (5)
  • December 2014 (5)
  • November 2014 (5)
  • October 2014 (5)
  • September 2014 (9)
  • July 2014 (5)
  • June 2014 (5)
  • May 2014 (3)
  • January 2014 (1)

  • Areas of Focus

    Contact Us Today

    Law Office of Ronald Kossack
    4645 South Lakeshore Drive, Suite 4
    Tempe, AZ 85282

    Phone: 480-345-2652
    Fax: 480-897-6038
    Email: info@kossacklaw.com

    Understanding Parenting Time in Your Glendale Divorce

    Every child deserves to have a meaningful, frequent and continuing relationship with his or her parent. For this reason, Arizona law affords parents a reasonable right to access to his or her children – commonly referred to as “parenting time.” While the goal is for parents to have the opportunity to spend time with their child/ren, courts may limit or even deny parenting time if the child/ren’s physical, mental, moral or emotional well-being will be endangered.

    Arizona Parenting Time

    Determining the appropriate amount of time parenting depends on several factors, including the child/ren’s age and stage of development. Some Arizona counties have established guidelines that serve to help parents and judges alike when deciding how much parenting time is fitting for the child/ren. Some of these counties include Maricopa, Coconino, Pima, Mohave, Yavapai and Pinal. Moreover, the Arizona Supreme Court has issued model parenting time plans to assist parents that may apply to some family situations.

    When putting together a parenting plan, it is important for Arizona parents to decide with specificity – when and for how long parenting time will be including division of special occasions such as holidays, school breaks, vacations, and birthdays. If created by the parents, this plan should be specific enough to allow a court to enforce its terms if it is not followed and one parent requests enforcement.  

    Determining Parenting Time

    An Arizona court may grant a parenting time order only in certain kinds of situations – as it does with child custody. After a final divorce decree is issued, a court still has the authority to modify or change an earlier parenting plan. Either parent has the right to request, in writing, a modification of parenting time, which should be filed with the clerk of the Superior Court.

    Should the parents have a disagreement about parenting time, the court may refer the matter to mediation prior to rendering a decision. This allows the parties an opportunity to come to a mutual agreement without court intervention. Should mediation be unsuccessful, the court will make a decision based on several factors to include: the distance between the parents’ homes, the child/ren’s school schedule, the age and health of the child/ren, the sustainability of living conditions in each parent’s home, as well as the time each parent has available for the child/ren outside of work or other obligations.

    Legal Help in Glendale

    Legal issues involving family law can be both sensitive and complicated. Even if parents share joint legal custody, the child/ren may spend more time living with one parent then the other and this is where parenting time comes into play. Competent family law lawyers understand that sorting through these issues can be a painful process. For this reason, it is important to contact a seasoned Glendale child custody and parenting time lawyer if you or someone you know is having difficulties coming to an agreement with a spouse. Contact us by calling (480) 345-2652 today.