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New Arizona family law implemented in 2013

New laws in Arizona are now in effect and will alter how judges handle child custody disputes. Judges' efforts to determine what is in the best interest of the child often include the consideration of a number of factors in order to come up with a child custody order between two parents who cannot agree on their own. The Arizona legislature has recently enacted a law to further guide judges in these situations.

New early paternity tests could expand father's rights in Arizona

In Arizona, in order for unmarried men to assert their father's rights, they will often have to first prove paternity. This generally must be done in order to settle child support disputes, or claim a right to child custody or parenting time. Most often, paternity is determined through a blood test after the birth of a child, but scientific advances may soon make prenatal paternity tests available here in the Phoenix area.

Arizona is among states leading expansion of father's rights

When it comes to child custody and visitation, Arizona courts have historically favored mothers. This has happened for decades throughout the country, as mental-health experts, judges and other professionals tended to agree that while fathers should play some sort of role in a child's upbringing, the child should be brought up in one home and the mother should be the main caregiver. However, father's rights have advanced over the years in Arizona.

Arizona bill would expand fathers' custody rights

In Arizona and in many other states, mothers are typically somewhat favored in custody disputes. This is true both in divorce cases and in the cases of children born to unmarried couples. A bill in the Arizona Legislature, which has passed in the Senate, would grant full custody rights to fathers in out-of-wedlock cases. The father would need to be listed on the child's birth certificate, or both parents would need to have acknowledged paternity, for the case to fall under this potential law.

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