Arizona parents who are contemplating a divorce should know that child custody arrangements can be one of the most contentious issues that parents will have to address as they determine how to provide their child with what he or she needs to be well-adjusted. An arrangement typically details custody and visitation specifics, includes when, where and in what manner a child will be exchanged from the physical custody of one parent to the other.
According to family law, child custody exchanges are considered part of visitation rights as they are based on the principle that parents are generally entitled to spend time with their children no matter what other type of divorce-related issues may exist. This can include the failure to make child support payments, for example.
Due to the nature of child custody, some exchanges that take place have the potential to become complicated. Many exchanges occur every day according to the stipulations agreed upon by the parent and court without any or very little issues. However, when there are disagreements that have not been resolved, such as those regarding child rearing, child support or education issues, emotions can take precedence, particularly between parents who are unable to come to an agreement about an issue or who may be holding a grudge. This can result in a child custody exchange situation in which parents are emotionally and physically abusive to one another, even to the point of calling one another names, pushing or hitting.
An attorney who practices family law may provide objective advice and guidance for a client who wants to resolve these types of issues. The attorney may suggest engaging in mediation or negotiation to attempt to address them in a non-combative manner. If necessary, the attorney may suggest going back to court to seek a modification of the order.