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Presumption that Arizona children need their fathers

Many fathers in Arizona are no longer in a relationship with the mothers of their children. In general, fathers may feel like they fight an uphill battle to see their children. Many times, the mother ends up with more parenting time because the father feels compelled to compromise as he may not feel like he would lose the fight. Despite this, many fathers are very good parents and want to see their children on a regular basis.

In Arizona, there are parenting time guidelines to help parents who are in the process of determining parenting time with their children. There are a number of presumptions that the guidelines are based on, which actually encourage fathers' rights to see their children.

Some of the presumptions are that both parents are fit to care for their children and want to have a meaningful relationship with them; that it is in the best interest of the children to have meaningful and regular contact with both their mothers and fathers; that the children need predictability and reliability from their parents; that the children need open communication with each parent and to not be involved with blaming the other parent; and others.

As a result, as one can see from the above-presumptions, despite the general notion that fathers are not as good of parents as mothers, it is best for children when their father has regular and consistent parenting time. Fathers often times wish to have an important role in their children's lives, and the presumptions of the parenting time guidelines believe that regular parenting time with fathers is good for the children as well.

Many fathers in Arizona are going through divorces or were never married to the mother of their children. Experienced attorneys understand that fathers want regular parenting time and may be able to guide one through the process.

Source: SuperiorCourt.Maricopa.gov, "Parenting Time Guidelines," accessed on Jan. 18, 2016

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