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Question: how do i request for joint custody? if i pay child support and the mother of my children does not let me see my kids at all

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You may want to review the articles and questions and answers already posted to this site about child custody. Depending on the situation, filing for custody may be complex. You may want to consult an attorney. The following is provided as general information about custody in Arizona.

The procedure for custody changes depending upon whether there is a court ordered custodial arrangement to modify, or whether the court has never determined custody. The procedure will also change depending on if the father has already established paternity, or whether all of the parties live in Arizona.

Custody determinations are made by the court based on what is in the best interest of the child. A.R.S. § 25-403. If the parents request joint legal custody, they also must submit to the court a written plan (parenting plan) indicating how they will cooperate to raise and care for the child. A.R.S. § 25-403.02. The court may order joint legal custody without ordering joint physical custody. The court also may order joint legal custody even if one parent objects. A.R.S. § 25-403.01 (B).

To find the forms to either establish custody or to modify custody, you may want to contact your local superior court. Some courts or law libraries have the family law forms and information available online - such as Maricopa County, Pima County and Coconino County.

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