Family courts in Arizona start with the assumption that contact with both parents is the ideal situation for any child. However, some circumstances call for limited or no contact at all with one or both parents due to their lack of fitness to parent their child.
When there is uncertainty about a parent’s fitness to provide for their child’s best interests, the family court orders a child custody evaluator to review the parents’ fitness. The child custody evaluator examines the following factors and more before making any decisions about legal parental relationships with the child.
After the child custody evaluator completes their investigation, they prepare a report for the court. If a parent disagrees with the evidence presented in the report, that parent may refute the report with their testimony and evidence.
In addition to a child custody evaluator, the court can appoint counsel for the child. This is common in high conflict custody cases.
Child custody evaluators examine documentary evidence, conduct interviews with family members and professionals, and much more when preparing their court report. To solidify a claim that the other parent is unfit, a parent can do the following:
Whether you fear your spouse is unable to provide for your child’s best interests or your spouse accused you of being an unfit parent, call Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC. Our experienced Chandler divorce attorneys can help you learn more about the factors discussed above and fight aggressively for you and your child.
At Wilson-Goodman, PLLC, we will provide you with a professional legal strategy and work tirelessly to identify and clarify the evidence that your child should remain in your care. Contact our office today to schedule your confidential consultation.