How Can I Get Custody of My Child?

Categories: Child Custody , Family Law

If you’re wondering how to get custody of your child, Davis Miles McGuire Gardner is here to help. Our caring and experienced family law attorneys are dedicated to supporting you through this emotional journey with sensitivity and expertise. In this easy-to-understand guide, we’ll shed light on the steps to obtain custody of your child and provide valuable insights into family law complexities to secure a loving and stable future for your family.

Understanding Child Custody in Arizona: In Arizona, the meaning of the term “child custody” is often misunderstood by many. If parents share joint legal custody, it does not always mean there is equal parenting time.  Child Custody are two separate categories that the Court must consider: (1) Legal Custody (decision-making authority), and (2) Physical Custody (where the child lives). We’ll provide a clear overview of child custody to better assist you in understanding these aspects in pursuing custody.

Key Factors in Obtaining Child Custody: Courts always consider what’s best for the child when deciding both physical and legal custody. We’ll explain the factors that influence these decisions, including your child’s well-being, your relationship with them, your ability to provide a nurturing home, and your willingness to co-parent positively.

Building Your Custody Case: To make a strong case for custody, you’ll need strategic planning. We’ll guide you on gathering evidence, showing your involvement in your child’s life, and demonstrating your dedication to meeting your child’s needs, ensuring that you present the most convincing case.

Negotiating Custody Arrangements: We’ll explore the benefits of mediation as a way to reach custody agreements outside of court. Collaborative negotiation can lead to parenting plans that work well for both parents and the child’s best interests.

Legal Representation in Custody Hearings: When negotiation isn’t possible, skilled legal representation becomes crucial during custody hearings. We’ll stand up for your rights and for your child’s well-being in court, ensuring that your voice is heard.

Addressing Domestic Violence Concerns: Unfortunately, too many families often experience domestic violence within their home. Your safety and your child’s safety are our top concern. We’ll address domestic violence issues and guide you through the available legal measures to safeguard your child’s well-being.

Addressing Substance Abuse Concerns: When considering what is in the child’s best interest, the Court will consider the substance abuse history of a parent. With the guidance of a skilled attorney, evidence can be presented to prove or disprove such an allegation and guide you through available legal measures to ensure your child’s well-being.

Seeking custody of your child is a profound and challenging journey, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, we’re committed to helping you achieve a positive outcome for your family. By understanding Arizona’s child custody laws, building a strong case, and seeking compassionate legal support, you can pursue the custody arrangement that serves your child’s best interests and secures a loving and stable future. Contact our dedicated family law team today at 480-733-6800 or visit and let us stand by your side with compassion and expertise throughout this important process.