Child custody is one of the most delicate issues that a couple can face when going through a divorce. Arizona law allows for a variety of custody forms. Modifications with specific terms may be possible as might be deemed appropriate for varying circumstances. It's always advisable, therefore, to have the help of an experienced attorney in determining necessary child custody terms.
All the options that can be considered do have one thing in common. They all focus on what is in the best interest of your child. If the parents can agree on all the necessary terms that need to be considered and lay out a parental plan agreement, it can be a solid step toward achieving a successful overall settlement.
Of course, these agreements depend on both parties holding to them. Sometimes that doesn't happen and the result is a great deal of emotional pain and anxiety as evidenced by a case this week that made the news.
Phoenix police report that a 22-year-old mother and her 3-year-old daughter were reunited at Sky Harbor International Airport Tuesday, marking some six weeks of uncertainty and concern. The father is in police custody and has been charged with kidnapping the child and taking her to Mexico.
This is alleged to have happened around Feb. 22. Authorities say the little girl's 31-year-old father, who shared joint custody with the mother, was supposed to have returned her to her mother that day. But they say he failed to appear at the designated time and place.
Investigators were called into action and managed to track the father and child to a town in Mexico. In apparent coordination with Mexican authorities, the father was taken into custody over this past weekend. The child was found unharmed.
A spokesman for the Phoenix police says it's not clear what may have motivated the father to kidnap the girl. They add, though, that they don't think he ever intended to harm her.
Source: The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix mom, baby reunited after kidnapping, police say," Assoicated Press, April, 4, 2012