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The meaning of "reasonable visitation" in custody orders

When an Arizona court is making a child custody determination in a divorce proceeding, it might not make the matter of visitation very definable for the noncustodial parent. Instead, the court may give the noncustodial parent "reasonable visitation" rights in the order. Generally, this means that both parents are left to decide a parental visitation schedule themselves.

When does a court have initial child custody jurisdiction?

Jurisdiction refers to the right of a court to preside over a case, and in child custody situations, the state in which the child resides typically determines what court will preside over a dispute. Timing may be important, and other issues could play a role as well. In Arizona, initial child custody jurisdiction in the state is typically appropriate if the child resides in the state at the time the proceeding begins or has resided in the state within the prior six months with the parent or acting person still living in the state as the proceeding begins.

Divorce rates are lower than 50 percent, report says

According to popular conception, at least 50 percent of marriages do not last. However, this conception may be based in more myth than fact, report authorities. Arizona couples might take interest in a Dec. 2 New York Times report asserting that approximately 70 percent of marriages that began in the 1990s are still intact and that divorce rates are actually in decline.

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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