Divorce is always stressful and often contentious. But understanding the differences between an uncontested divorce and a contested one can save divorcing couples a great deal of anxiety, time, and money.
For divorcing couples with children, custody is almost always the most contentious issue and the one that most often leads to a contested divorce with the custody decision taken away from the parents and put in the hands of an impartial judge.
Under Arizona law, parents have equal rights and obligations for parenting and also enjoy equal parenting opportunities. Today’s courts acknowledge the importance of a father’s role as equal to that of the mother.
When a couple adopts a child they may wonder if they have the same rights as a biological parent. The experience of adopting a child shows parents firsthand what termination of parental rights really means as they typically witness the process of termination of the biological parent’s rights.