Celebrity divorces and child custody battles are read about via newsstands and tabloid websites on a daily basis. Although many read for the shock value or possibly to feel better about themselves, you may actually pick up a thing or two about how divorce law works.  For instance, you may be familiar with the term “modification of child custody arrangements” because of a popular recent story about celebrity Sherri Shepherd and her ex-husband Jeffrey Tarpley.  Sherri Shepherd, as you may know, is host of The Newly Wed Game and one of the co-hosts on The View.

Ex-husband Tarpley filed an emergency request for modification of child custody, according to TMZ, claiming, among other things, parental negligence on the part of Shepherd. Tarpley claims this new information proves he should have full custody of their son, Jeffery Jr.   Shepherd filed her own documents in response to these claims and although the judge denied the request for emergency modification, a hearing is set for July to settle the dispute.

Modification of Child Custody In Arizona

In the state of Arizona, modification of child custody should be considered in the best interest of the child if there is a “substantial and continuing change of circumstances”.  A request to modify a previous custody decree can be made by either the custodial or noncustodial parent.

There are several things Arizona courts will consider before agreeing to modify any previously established agreements.  The current custody decree will need to be at least 1 year old and one of the following issues must be at play.

  • The custodial parent is now in the military and it is decided the military family care plan is not in the best interests of the child during deployment
  • One or both parents have are not in compliance with current custody decree
  • Domestic spousal violence or child abuse has occurred
  • The child’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health is endangered by the existing arrangement

Appropriate Representation

If you are considering whether you have a case for modification of your current child custody agreement, the best thing you can do for the benefit of your child (or children) is to enlist the strength of an experienced Tempe family lawyer.  The Law Office of Ronald L. Kossack has lead more than 2000 clients through the nuances and complexities family law cases for more than 20 years.  Mr. Kossack understands what’s at stake in any custody hearing and his aggressive representation may be the difference in your child’s future.

Attorney Ronald Kossack and our entire skilled and specialized staff are poised to work to resolve your dispute as quickly as possible. To speak with a Tempe family lawyer about your legal matter, contact us online or by calling 480-345-2652.