Father retained a [Cantor Law Group] attorney to represent him in a divorce involving two minor children, ages 11 and 6. Father was very active in the children’s lives taking them to extracurricular activities, coaching little league, cooking their meals and driving them to school. Mother was equally involved in their lives as well.
At the initial court hearing, the parties agreed to joint legal custody and equal parenting time under a 5-2-2-5 plan. Subsequently, Mother changed her mind and sought primary custody, requesting that Father have limited parenting time of an after school visit and every other weekend. Mother refused to relent, going so far as to request the appointment of a mental health expert to conduct a custody evaluation. [Cantor Law Group] attorney successfully convinced the Court to deny this motion.
At trial, Father requested that the Court continue the 5-2-2-5 parenting plan as in the children’s best interest and to maximize his current and future involvement in the children’s lives. Mother continued to seek primary custody with limited parenting time for Father, going so far as to claim Father’s outside activities such as golf impacted his worthiness for the parenting time he was requesting.
The [Cantor Law Group] attorney successfully convinced the Court to enter an Order of an EQUAL ACCESS parenting plan as most appropriate. The Court noted that Mother had not overcome the burden of Arizona’s public policy to promote strong families and strong family values.
Father was elated that he will be able to continue to be a 50-50 parent.