The popular belief is that fathers always seem to get shortchanged in child custody (or "legal decision-making")
and other family legal matters. Over the past few decades, however, this attitude has changed, and in Arizona fathers have equal legal rights regarding their children.
Arizona law presumes that the child will benefit most from contact with both parents. In some cases, however, it is still important for the father to show the court why he should be an active part of the child's life to establish not only greater access time, but an essential role in making life decisions for the child.
After a divorce or the birth of a child out of wedlock, issues of custody and support will arise and may become a large source of disagreement among the parties. The questions of visitation time, child support obligations and parental rights are questions that need to be answered.
We encourage the parties to attempt to work out these issues outside of a court; however, in many cases this proves impossible as emotions are understandably flaring. With our years of experience, our office can hopefully steer the parents back to an amicable agreement that benefits all, including the child. Similarly, when these issues go into a courtroom, Bruce Brown can help protect fathers' rights and the best interests of the children involved.
Whether you are concerned about the time you get to spend with the child, the rights you have towards the child and important decisions in his or her life, or about child support obligations, our firm can help you figure out the best solutions to your particular situation.
Historically, fathers have often carried a greater burden with respect to the amount of child support, spousal support and debt division that occurred after a divorce. Now, the law makes it a priority that both sides contribute their fair share.
It is also important for a father to establish paternity
of his child right away, so that the father will have his rights recognized in court and by law enforcement. A delay in establishing legal paternity could cause a father to lose his rights and not be able to see the child for significant periods of time.
At the Brown Family Law Group, we understand these issues and how the legal system works in cases of custody and parenting time
. Bruce Brown has worked with dads and their rights for the past two decades and will protect your rights and your children's.