Child Custody

Phoenix Child Custody Lawyer     602-561-8107

The vast majority of our clients with child custody and visitation (parenting time) issues are loving and caring parents who want to do what is best for their children, but discussion of best interests can be a contentious and sensitive matter.

We have more than 17 years of experience and can offer you competent, aggressive and compassionate representation in all aspects of Arizona family law.

The Arizona statutes which govern child custody and parenting time begin with A.R.S. secion 25-403.  Additional statutes and case law apply as well.

Arizona Visitation Modification Attorney

Sirlin Law has guided hundreds of clients through fruitful negotiations as well as judicial determinations of custody and visitation rights that often accompany divorce and legal separation. We also provide experienced help obtaining modifications that must be made to existing family court orders due to significant changes in circumstances.

You can be assured we will do everything legally possible to vigorously advocate for your interests and rights while working to ensure your children’s best interests are served. Contact our firm today to discuss your child custody or visitation issues. 602-561-8107

The Basics of Parenting Time (Child Custody and Visitation) in Arizona

Sometimes divorcing parents are confused about the legal terminology of custody law. An experienced family law attorney will fully explain your rightsand help you and the other parent shape a workable, flexible and creative custody agreement that serves the interests of both the children and the adults. We are experienced in negotiating work schedules, school and extra-curricular activities, family holidays, vacations, weekend custody, and any other aspects of custody and parenting which are of concern in your particular matter.

Most parents share joint legal custody.  Legal custody is generally shared by both parents even if the children live primarily with one parent. Legal custody refers to the ability to make major decisions concerning health, education and welfare of a minor child.

Physical custody refers to the actual living arrangement of a child. If children live most of the time with one of the parents, that parent is the “designated primary residential parent.” The other parent has visitation, or “parenting time” rights. If the child resides for significant amounts of time in both parents’ respective homes, there may not be a “designated primary residential parent.”

Collaborative Law and Mediation Approaches to Child Custody and Visitation

Parents are free to reach their own custody and visitation arrangements through collaborative law or mediation. An amicable agreement is best for all, as it avoids arbitrary decisions by a judge who is unfamiliar with your needs.

Sometimes, however, one party cannot or will not accommodate the other parent’s wishes in this emotionally charged process. In these cases, we will provide aggressive protection of your rights in furthering what is in your children’s best interests.

Contact Us to Schedule a Free Consultation

Having practiced family law since 1994, we have helped many people with their custody and visitation issues. We look forward to helping you. Contact our firm today at 602-561-8107 or email us at to schedule a free initial consultation.