Unmarried Parent Custody Rights Attorney

As an unmarried parent, you have the same rights to child custody and decision-making as a parent who is married. The only difference is that unmarried parents must first establish paternity of the child before they can assert their rights in court.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers represent mothers and fathers in disputes over child custody rights. In many cases, we can negotiate a parenting time arrangement efficiently and cost-effectively. However, if the mother and father do not agree on a plan, these cases may involve custody evaluations, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

Child Custody Between Unmarried Parents

Disputes over child custody and legal decision-making for a child born out of wedlock often follow the breakup of an unmarried relationship. In many cases, the father wishes to obtain visitation rights after visits have been cut off by the mother.

If you have a child with someone else, the law in Arizona says that it is in the child's best interests to have substantial contact with both parents, whether the parents are married or not. Arizona courts are concerned solely with the best interests of the child rather than the desires of the parents. However, substantial contact does not necessarily mean equal contact. The presumption of substantial contact with both parents may be overcome by issues such as child abuse, domestic violence and child safety.

The first step in establishing a parenting plan for a child born out of wedlock is to file a paternity action with the court. Our lawyers can guide you through the legal process to establish your rights as a parent. We can represent you in the following types of issues:

  • Enforcement of existing child custody and parenting plans
  • Modifications of child custody and parenting plans based on changes that affect the child's best interests

Contact Our Phoenix Child Custody Rights Attorneys

For more information, call our unmarried parent custody rights attorneys at 602-626-9552 or 800-409-0262 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.