Changing Physical Custody In Arizona

In Arizona, child custody refers to the right of a parent to make decisions about the care and welfare of a child. Physical custody refers to where a child lives. In many cases, the child lives with one parent most of the time and the other parent has visitation through a parenting time schedule.

If the child custody and parenting time order created at the time of your divorce is no longer appropriate, you can seek a modification. At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers help parents secure modifications to both child custody and parenting time.

When Can Physical Child Custody Be Changed?

In determining whether to change a custody order, courts are concerned solely with the best interests of the child. The following are examples of circumstances that can precipitate a change in child custody and parenting time:

  • The child's adjustment to school, home or community
  • For an older child, the child's preferences
  • A change in the parent's lifestyle that affects the child's well-being (such as drug or alcohol use)
  • Sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Other circumstances that affect a child's physical, mental, moral or emotional health
  • Relocation
  • A change in a parent's employment

Baring special circumstances, you must wait one year from the date of your previous child custody order before requesting a change. If your child's safety or health is in danger, however, you can seek immediate relief from the court.

A custody evaluation is a valuable tool if you are seeking to modify your child custody and parenting time order. A child custody evaluation can provide the court with the evidence it needs to support a successful petition for modification.

Contact Our Physical Custody Modification Attorneys

For more information about changing physical custody in Arizona, turn to the attorneys of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 602-626-9552, 800-409-0262 or contact our office online.