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Arizona third-party child custody rights

In Arizona, a third party who is not the biological parent of a child may file a petition to obtain legal and residential custody of the child if certain circumstances apply. In order to be able to file for custody as a third party, the person must first have a relationship that is in loco parentis to the child, which means in place of the parent. Commonly, people who fall into this category are a child's grandparents.

Child custody arrangements in Arizona

In Arizona, the courts will step in to make parenting time decisions when the parents are unable to come to an arrangement on their own. Under state law, when the courts are required to intervene, they try to choose a plan that gives both parents time with the child and allows for them to share in the legal decision-making aspects of child rearing. Ultimately, the court's main concern with child custody matters is to adopt a plan that is in the child's best interests.

Pets have uncertain place in divorce

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' divorce highlights a problem with asset division that Arizona couples with pets might encounter. Reports suggest a custody battle might ensue over the famous pair's three dogs. Griffith wants the dogs, but this may be a complicated matter because courts treat pets more like personal property than children.

Study links divorce to higher risk of childhood obesity

A new study has linked weight gain in children to divorce, a claim that all divorced parents should be aware of to make sure their kids are healthy and happy during their childhood. Obesity has become a hot issue in the United States, especially since more adolescents are being diagnosed with type II diabetes. 


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