Child Custody and Visitation

At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our Phoenix and Scottsdale child custody attorney is dedicated to protecting the rights of parents and their children. We apply our in-depth knowledge of the law along with forceful advocacy to help you achieve the best possible results in any number of custody or visitation matters.

We Handle a Wide Range of Custody Issues

Our Arizona family law lawyer has the skill and experience to handle nearly any type of custody issue, including:

Determining Child Custody After a Divorce

When it comes to custody, Arizona law is gender neutral, that is, it favors neither fathers nor mothers. Courts will usually give parents either joint legal custody or sole legal custody of a child. They may also make decisions regarding visitation, or parenting time, with the child.

Facing Away With Kids

The courts take a number of factors into account when making a custody determination. These factors include looking at which parent has been the child’s primary caretaker and which parent is more likely to help build meaningful relationships between the child and the other parent. The courts will also consider any incidents involving domestic violence or patterns of alcoholism or drug abuse. Evidence of this type of behavior may create a presumption that the parent is not fit to have custody of the child.

Interstate Custody Issues

Once an Arizona family court grants a custody order, that court usually has the continuing power, or jurisdiction, over changes to the order. If you are considering relocation out of Arizona, or if a spouse is contemplating a move, you need to speak with an attorney about potential legal implications. At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our lawyer can answer any questions you may have, and can also handle any interstate custody disputes.

Call for a Consultation With a Tempe Visitation Attorney

If you are involved in a legal matter concerning custody or visitation, we can help. Contact our Phoenix child custody lawyer online or call 480-209-1918 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. We will guide you through the legal process as quickly and as painlessly as possible.

Client Reviews
Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna