As a parent, you want what is best for your child. However, sometimes what you think is best conflicts with the other parent's idea of protecting your son or daughter's best interest. If you are involved in a visitation (parenting time) and dispute, you need a lawyer who can help resolve the issue effectively and with as little contention as possible.
At the Knochel Law Firm, in Bullhead, Arizona, we help clients assert their interests regarding custody and visitation. Our goal is to craft solutions that support positive familial interaction between the parents and their children. Contact us to discuss your matter with our experienced family law attorneys.
Physical vs. Legal Custody
If you are involved in a child custody dispute, you may be in contention over physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where the child will live. Legal custody refers to who can make decisions for the child. Depending on the case, the courts may grant a parent sole custody or joint custody. Unless under extreme circumstances, both parents usually maintain legal custody of the child. Our lawyers will explain the types of custody in detail and will guide you through the legal process.
Modification of Order and Visitation Orders
Child custody orders are designed to meet the current needs and interests of a divided family. When circumstances change — if a parent gets a new job or the child requires a different plan — the order can be legally modified.
There are several reasons to modify an existing order, including the following:
- Parent gets a new job in a different city or state
- Parent remarries
- Parent endangers a child through abuse or use of controlled substances
- Child and parent no longer get along
- Child is older and cannot reasonably adhere to the current order
We will help you follow the legal steps to modifying a child custody and visitation order. We will go over the issues and help you form a new plan that better serves the needs and interests of your family.