Parenting time is sometimes incorrectly referred to as visitation. Technically, visitation can be granted to non-parents, such as grandparents, but parents enjoy parenting time with their children. Regardless of joint or sole custody, parents will have specific time scheduled with their children. This schedule is outlined in a document called a Parenting Plan, which will also address holiday and vacation parenting time. There are all types of parenting plan schedules that parents can follow. For example, parents may follow a week on/week off parenting time schedule, and other times the children may primarily reside with one parent while enjoying parenting time with the other parenting a few evenings during the week and every other weekend. Occasionally, there are concerns that require a parent to exercise supervised parenting time. In this case, the parent’s time with their child is supervised by a mutually agreed upon supervisor or a Court-approved agency. Regardless of the type or amount of parenting time a parent gets to enjoy, it is important they make the most of the time with their child.
If, after a parenting time order is in place, there is a dispute between the parents – such as one parent wanting more parenting time and the other parent resisting – or a change in circumstances – such as a change in a parent’s work schedule or a parent relocates – Affordable Arizona Divorce can assist in filing a Petition for Post-Decree Mediation. During mediation the parents should make a sincere effort to resolve the disagreement or come up with a revised parenting plan that works with the new circumstances while maintaining the best interests of the child. If, despite mediation, the parents are unable to reach an agreement, Affordable Arizona Divorce can assist in filing a Petition for Modification of Parenting Time and/or a Petition for Enforcement of Parenting Time.
When custody and parenting time has been established, the Court requires child support be established. Each and every parent of an Arizona child has a legal duty to provide financial support for their child. Child support is calculated based on several factors, including the age and number of children, each parent’s income, the number of parenting time days each parent exercises with their children, and expenses incurred for the children related to daycare and health insurance. The parents’ standard of living and/or expenses are NOT taken into consideration in this calculation because the Court holds child support as an overriding primary financial responsibility of parents. Please check out our child support page for a comprehensive overview of Arizona child support, including how Affordable Arizona Divorce can assist you in modifying and/or enforcing existing child support orders.
Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
First of all, no one in Arizona is required to hire an attorney in order to establish paternity, child custody, parenting time and child support or for subsequent modification or enforcement. However, one’s need for an attorney depends upon each person’s unique circumstances. That being said, the majority of cases filed in the Arizona Family Court are done so without attorney representation.
If parents are able to work together to reach agreements in the best interests of their children, a lawyer may be an expensive and unnecessary venture. Parents might just need someone to guide them through the legal process and completion of the paperwork. That is exactly what we do at Affordable Arizona Divorce. We gather all Court-required information up front. Based on that information, we then explain all available options and allow our clients to select the option that works best for them. From there, we prepare all paperwork according to the Court’s rules. Our clients review and approve of everything before anything is submitted to the Court.
Make sure you explore all your options before hiring a costly attorney. Contact Affordable Family Law today to learn how we can help you achieve your goals for a fraction of the cost of an attorney.