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How parents can resolve child custody issues

| Nov 28, 2016 | Stepparents' Rights |

For Arizona parents who have ended their marriage, some conflict may remain. A number of issues may arise after the divorce regarding custody and visitation. While any major changes to custody agreements, such as one parent relocating out of state with the child, should go through the court system, many disputes may be negotiated between the parents. If talking about the issue is unsuccessful, parents might then need to turn to a judge.

For example, one parent might feel that they are doing all of the chores such as laundry and scheduling. It may be possible to resolve this with a conversation. Shared legal custody may mean resolving difficult issues around religion, education and health care.

Other issues may arise if a parent feels their child is being manipulated or in danger. For example, one parent might attempt to influence a child’s decision to come and live with them by promising them a car. A parent may be concerned that the other parent’s living space is not safe for the child. A parent may also be concerned if the other parent is chronically late returning the children from visitation or does not share information about traveling with the children. The parent might even fear that the other parent is planning to abduct the child. A legal solution may be necessary in these cases.

When creating a parenting agreement, people should anticipate that they may run into conflicts in the years ahead. They may want to think about how they might handle those conflicts and include some of that information in the parenting agreement. For example, they may agree to see a mediator or have their respective attorneys try to negotiate a resolution before going to court if they cannot come to an accord.

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