Parenting Time in Arizona refers to the amount of time the children spend with each parent. In addition to custody orders, the Court must enter orders regarding parenting time for both parents. It is the Court’s preference to enter as much parenting time for both parents as is in the best interests of the minor children and reasonably possible under the circumstances.
The court will consider a number of factors including:
- The age of the children, the distance between the parties
- The distance to the children’s school
- The desires of the children (if the children are old enough to express those desires)
- The work schedules of the parents
- The ability of either parent to care for the minor children
Of course other factors may apply in each individual case.
In those cases where the parents live too far apart to have a regular parenting time schedule (such as living in different states), the Court must also factor in the difficulty of getting the children to and from those states including the cost of travel, the disruption of the children’s school and personal lives as well as a disruption in the parents lives.
Frequently, parents will ask, “When is the child old enough to decide with which parent he or she wants to live?” The legal answer is not until the child is emancipated (usually at age 18 or graduation from high school). However, the older the child is, the more the Court is interested in hearing the child’s preferences. That does not mean the court will always grant the child’s preferences.
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The Sampair Group assists clients who are seeking a satisfactory child custody arrangement. As experienced custody attorneys, we provide guidance through this complicated process and show you how to support your children through the arrangement of a child custody plan.