Child Custody

questions & answers

Question: How can I get 50/50 custody of my kids i have a 3 year old and a 1 year old I can provide a stable home and the resources to care for them the time I will have them.

Answer: You will need to file a court action.  In Arizona, custody is referred to as "legal decision making."   First, the Arizona court will determine if it has jurisdiction to hear the case.  Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), Section 25-402 gives the court jurisdiction.  If you have established paternity or if you are the child's mother, and there is no previous custody order in another state, you can file in Arizona.  ARS 25-403 considers the best interests of the child in deciding on legal decision making and parenting time (custody and visitation).  You can handle the issue on your own by accessing the court's self-help center and obtaining the forms and instructions you will need. The website is www.azcourts.gov. You can also get advice from an attorney for a reasonable fee to figure out your best course of action.  There are 3 programs in Arizona that you can use to get some inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the Modest Means Program.  For a $75.00 fee, the Modest Means Program will arrange a one hour consult with an experienced attorney.  The telephone number is (866) 637-5341. Both the Maricopa County Bar Association and the Pima County Bar Association have lawyer referral services that offer a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consultation for a fee of $40.00. The telephone number is (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consultation for a fee of $35.00.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.

QUESTIONS

  • How can I get 50/50 custody of my kids i have a 3 year old and a 1 year old I can provide a stable home and the resources to care for them the time I will have them.

STORIES

  • If you get a divorce, make sure your date of birth is on the Decree if your name is changing!. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .

LegalLEARN

YOUR FEEDBACK IS NEEDED

  • Welcome to our Newly Redesigned Website! Let us know how we are doing! Please take a couple of minutes to fill out our survey.

FIND LEGAL HELP

  • Please select your county of residence below.

    County:
     

OTHER LEGAL RESOURCES

  • State Bar of Arizona
    www.azbar.org
  • Maricopa County Bar
    www.maricopabar.org
    Referral number 602-257-4434
  • Pima County Bar
    www.pimacountybar.org
    Referral number 520-623-4625
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    800-799-7233
  • Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center
    866-553-0893
  • Certified Legal Document Preparer Program
    Link

ORGANIZATIONS