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Dedicated Arizona Attorneys Advise on Child Custody Issues


Dealing with a child custody dispute can be an emotional and financial drain on top of other difficulties associated with a breakup. At Goldstein & Scopellite, PC in Tucson, we provide parents with personalized service while making every legal effort to preserve a positive relationship with your children and former partner. This is particularly important if you have young children and will need to collaborate with your co-parent for many years to come. In Pima County and the surrounding areas, our insightful attorneys provide knowledgeable advice on custody and visitation issues. With 75 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers know how to resolve difficult conflicts and achieve a result that gives children the best chance to grow up in a safe, supportive environment.


Rather than using the terms “legal custody” and “physical custody,” Arizona law now refers to “legal decision-making authority” and “parenting time.” When parents cannot agree on these matters, courts set terms that they consider to be in the best interests of the child. Our firm can explain relevant aspects of custody issues, including:

  • Primary and joint arrangements — While traditional custody arrangements tended to favor mothers, Arizona courts now seem inclined to divide legal and residential responsibility equally. However, substance abuse, domestic violence and other types of parental misconduct can put a child at risk. We look at each aspect of the situation and craft equitable solutions where both parents can maintain frequent, meaningful contact with their sons and daughters.
  • Modification of custody and visitation orders — When changes in your life demand an adjustment to your parenting-time or decision-making arrangements, our firm will petition for a fair revision. Conversely, if your co-parent wants to relocate with your child to a distant location or take some other action that violates the terms of your custody order, we will take assertive action on your behalf. And if a job loss or some other financial change necessitates a revision of your child support obligation, our firm will petition the court for relief.
  • Grandparent visitation rights — If a child’s parents were never married or have been divorced for at least three months, Arizona courts can grant visitation rights to grandparents if they consider visitation to be in the child’s best interests. Judges evaluate a series of factors to make these determinations, including the existing grandparent-grandchild relationship and any possible reason why such a request should be denied.

We treat every custody matter with the care and compassion it deserves and work diligently to protect your child’s well-being.

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Goldstein & Scopellite, PC represents Arizona parents in child custody disputes and other family law matters. Please call 520-365-3185 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our Tucson office.

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  • Tucson Office
    509 S. 6th Ave. (Near Armory Park)
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    Phone: 520-389-6496
    Fax: 520-202-0392