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Regaining Custody of a Child in Arizona

December 20, 2018

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For many parents in Arizona who have separated, the custody of children is a central concern. One of the most difficult situations that parents experience following a divorce is losing custody of their child. There are a number of reasons why parents in Arizona lose custody of their children, including criminal convictions, drug issues, and unhealthy living environments. In some cases, with the correct approach and the assistance of a skilled family law attorney, parents are able to regain custody of their children.

REGAINING CUSTODY OF A CHILD IN ARIZONA

For many parents in Arizona who have separated, the custody of children is a central concern. One of the most difficult situations that parents experience following a divorce is losing custody of their child. There are a number of reasons why parents in Arizona lose custody of their children, including criminal convictions, drug issues, and unhealthy living environments. In some cases, with the correct approach and the assistance of a skilled family law attorney, parents are able to regain custody of their children.

ADVICE ON REGAINING CUSTODY OF A CHILD

The tips below review some of the important steps that parents can take to regain custody of their children:

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  • Take an honest examination of what went wrong that led to loss of custody of the children. Think about why a judge decided to issue a ruling that removed custody. Understanding why you were subject to this decision will be helpful in making meaningful corrective actions.
  • Read your court order and determine if there are any factors that must be satisfied before the court will award you custody. Some of the conditions that sometimes must be met including attendance of parenting class, seeking counseling, or the successful completion of alcohol or drug treatment programs.
  • You can retain a child custody psychologist who can provide expert witness testimony about the facts of your case including the home environment that you provide and your interaction with the child. A favorable opinion by an expert will carry a substantial amount of weight in informing a court’s opinion.
  • Follow your current court order exactly. Under no circumstances should you disregard even the smallest details of the order. Make sure to attend every scheduled hearing, pick up and return your children on time, and remain within the confines of the existing custody agreement even if you are only allowed to have supervised visits with your child.
  • Remain patient because it can often take a great amount of time to win back custody. One of the reasons it can take a while to regain custody is that courts often move slowly. During this time period, it is critical to be the best possible parent that you can to the child.
  • Remain patient because it can often take a great amount of time to win back custody. One of the reasons it can take a while to regain custody is that courts often move slowly. During this time period, it is critical to be the best possible parent that you can to the child.
  • Parents who are looking to regain custody over a child should make sure to dress presentably and prepare in advance for court dates. Each year, a large number of parents lose custody of their children because they are not fully prepared for their court hearings.
  • Avoid saying anything bad about the other parent because this could later be used as evidence that you trying to drive a wedge between the child and the other parent.

SPEAK WITH AN EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY TODAY

If you are a parent in Arizona who has questions about child custody laws, you should not hesitate to contact an experienced family law attorney who will fight for the results that you deserve. Contact Monahan Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Attorney Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan is the managing partner of Monahan Law Firm, PLC. Patrick began his legal career practicing real estate, construction, and general business litigation.
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