Parenting Time in Mesa Divorce
When parents divorce, both parties usually feel very strongly about defending their rights to maintain a full and meaningful relationship with the children. In many cases, one parent is awarded full child custody, and in this situation the non-custodial parent has a right to seek visitation. Arizona state law refers to visitation as “parenting time,” in an effort to grant equal importance to the relationship of each parent with the children. A knowledgeable Mesa divorce attorney can represent you during negotiations and in court on any matters of visitation so that you improve your chances of a fair and satisfactory visitation arrangement.
The court will have to approve your proposed parenting plan, which includes arrangements for both parents to have sufficient parenting time. Your plan will be reviewed by the judge to ensure that it provides the non-custodial parent frequent and continuing access to the children. If you believe that contact with your former spouse would place your children at risk of physical or emotional damage, such as when there is a history of domestic violence, you can make a request to have visitation rights denied. Under certain circumstances, state law also allows for grandparents to petition for visitation rights.
Divorce Lawyer in Mesa
It is vital to achieve a fair and workable agreement to provide parenting time for both parents before the end of your divorce, and an attorney from Dodge & Vega, PLC will provide you with dedicated representation to ensure that your rights are protected. We will also counsel you if your ex-spouse violates the visitation agreement, which often occurs in our area. Arizona Revised Statues 25-414 describes penalties for parents who fail to abide by the terms of a parenting time plan, and you can get the assistance of the court to force compliance from your former spouse. We are determined to see that you receive the best service available, and will draw upon all our experience in the field of family law to help you meet your objectives.
Contact a Mesa divorce attorney for representation to protect your rights to visitation and parenting time.