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Father's Day Could Shed Light on Fathers' Rights in Arizona

Children across the state of Arizona are getting ready to honor their dads this Sunday for Father's Day. This is a happy occasion for many fathers, but Father's Day may also be a time for some to question their fathers' rights as if they are not married to the mother of their child.

A biological father in Arizona has the right to apply for a paternity determination. Once paternity is established, the father has the right to ask the court for custody or reasonable parenting time under Arizona Revised Statute 25-408. Keep in mind, a non-custodial father could be ordered to pay child support once paternity is established.

A judge in Arizona will almost always grant at least some visitation time between the father and child to ensure that the child has continuing contact with the parent, unless the court finds that parenting time would seriously endanger the child.

Fathers in Arizona shouldn’t have to live in fear that the mother of their children will flee the state, or even worse, flee the country. Once a written agreement or court order is in place that states that both parents are entitled to custody or parenting time and that both parents are to reside in Arizona, the relocation of a child can be tricky.

Generally, a parent must provide written notice at least 60 days in advance before he or she can relocate the child outside of the state or relocate the child more than 100 miles away within the state. During this time, the non-moving parent may petition the court to prevent relocation of the child.

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