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
- 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.
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.