Many parents in Arizona have dealt with child custody issues. These can arise any time parents get divorced and have minor children or in situations where the parents were never married to each other. Child custody decisions can be very difficult and emotional for the parents. Many times each parent wants to have a meaningful relationship with their children and wants as much time as possible with them. Ultimately the decision is not based on what the parents want though and is instead based on the best interests of the children.
In order to determine the best interests of the child, the court considers many different factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the relationship between the child and parent; the child's interaction with the parents, siblings and other people who have a significant relationship with the child; the child's adjustment to school and the community; the child's wishes if they are old enough and mature enough; the mental and physical health of the child and parents; if the parent is likely to ensure the child will maintain contact with the other parent; whether there has been any domestic abuse or child abuse; and others.