What Determines Child Custody in Arizona?
Child custody is determined in Arizona by a judge appointed to the Superior Court of the county in which you live. The court is required by law to issue a child custody order that he or she determines is in the best interest of your kids. The judge can only decide on allowing you to present evidence to support your position on the child custody orders that are in the best interests of your kids.
Arizona Revised Statute Section 25-403 lists the factors the court must consider when issuing a child custody order. The court must also take into account the factors listed in Arizona Revised Statute Section 25-408 if a parent wishes to relocate more than one-hundred miles from their current home and the court issued a prior child custody order.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about what determines child custody in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about child custody laws in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a child custody case should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.