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Working out a parenting time agreement in divorce

In divorce, settling matters related to child custody and visitation is not always and easy task. In many cases, it is the most difficult part of the divorce. Oftentimes the difficulties lie in the relationship between the parents, but the difficulties can also arise from not understanding an effective way to approach the issue of parenting time. Of course, this is part of why it is so important to work with an experienced attorney. In addition, parents can also take advantage of information provided by the Arizona Courts so they are better educated going into the process.

In a document entitled "Planning for Parenting Times: Arizona's Guide for Parents Living Apart," Arizona parents are able to get a basic understanding of some of the issues to consider when working out a parenting time schedule with their ex, as well as the possibilities for parenting time schedules. Though it is understandable that circumstances change, working out an effective parenting time schedule is important to do the first time around so that parents do not have to go back to court and rework things.

Though parents should always work with an attorney, it is important for them to understand that courts prefer that they reach an agreement about parenting time outside the litigation process. There are good reasons for this, one being that parents who are truly committed to the well-being of their children can, with the assistance of an attorney, work out a schedule that is in the best interests of their children. Courts have a limited ability to do this and can only go on the evidence presented in court.

The important thing when choosing an attorney to work with is that the attorney is committed not only to your interests but also to resolving the case efficiently. Balancing zealous advocacy with efficient case resolution is not always an easy thing, but advocates who are truly acting in their clients' best interests should have this goal.

Source: Arizona Courts, "Planning For Parenting Time," Accessed August 22, 2014.

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