Common Questions About Child Custody and Support
By Zachary Mushkatel on October 22, 2013
During the divorce process, emotions can run high. Parents frequently have questions about child custody and support, as most parents want to ensure that their children or teens are not negatively affected by the divorce and continue to have the support of both their parents. Knowledge about common issues involved in child custody and support matters in Arizona may assist in better preparing your family for what is to come.
Does custody always go to just one parent?
No. In fact, most Arizona courts attempt to allow parents to share visitation, legal decision making. The courts try to encourage involvement of both parents during and subsequent to divorce.
Can someone other than the parent have primary visitation rights or legal decision making authority?
If neither parent can raise the children adequately for medical or other reasons, a court may award visitation and decision making rights to another party, such as a grandparent or other family member.
What do courts consider when deciding how to arrange custody?
Courts make decision based upon “the best interests of the child,” which involve many factors. Common factors considered include the age and health of the child, the health and ability of each parent to provide for the child’s needs, whether the child can stay in his or her current school, and the safety each parent can provide the child.
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Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.