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Yuma Child Custody Lawyers

Helping Families in Arizona

Whether you are going through a divorce or a paternity matter, child custody is a highly sensitive issue. The legal process can be difficult on everyone involved, especially the kids. You need an experienced family law attorney on your side who can protect your rights and your children’s rights.

If you are dealing with a hotly contested child custody dispute in Arizona, our legal team at Bowman, Smith & Kallen can provide you with effective and personalized legal representation during this trying time. With decades of collective legal experience, our Yuma child custody attorneys can review your situation, file the necessary paperwork, help you gather the supportive documents, and make sure you’re prepared for your court hearing.

Contact us today at (928) 433-2355 and request a confidential consultation.

Arizona Custody Laws

Since 2013, custody in Arizona has been known as “legal decision-making,” which means the right to make decisions on behalf of the child (e.g. education, health, religion, etc.). The court can give both parties legal decision-making authority, or one spouse sole authority, based on the best interests of the child.

Additionally, the parents must create a parenting plan, which is a legal document that establishes the responsibilities of each parent. A parenting plan must the include the regular parenting time schedule, the holiday schedule, child support, information about the child’s education and health, other extra-curricular expenses, and even procedures for resolving disputes, changes, and any violations of the parenting plan.

Common factors considered when deciding on custody include:

  • The past, present, and possible future relationship between parent and child

  • The family dynamic

  • The child’s ability to adjust to home, school, and community

  • The child’s wishes, if he/she is old enough

  • The physical and mental health of each person in the family

  • Determine which parent will likely allow the other parent to have a continuous and loving relationship with the child

  • Determine which parent has made the legal process more difficult

  • If domestic violence or substance is involved

  • If the child has been abused or neglected

Ready to Protect You & Your Child’s Rights & Best Interests

Our legal team can help you seek a favorable outcome through either mediation or court litigation. If you wish to change the terms of a current order, we also provide custody modification services. Let us help you work out the best possible arrangement for you and your child.

Call us today at (928) 433-2355 to learn how Bowman, Smith & Kallen can help you.

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Over 100 Years of Combined Experience
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    Alan Bowman
    Attorney in Yuma Alan Bowman was born in Oneonta, Alabama. His father was transferred to Arizona because he was a cotton broker. Alan grew up mainly in Yuma, Arizona except for about four years when he attended high school in Davis, California. Alan went to Arizona State University and obtained his bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and then went to law school at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. He graduated in May, 1979. During law school, Alan ...
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    WM Michael Smith
    Award-Winning Yuma Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1969; Arizona and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Michael has represented defendants in cases ranging from capital murder to DUI . He has over 40 years of extensive trial experience in both major criminal defense and serious injury cases . In addition, he was also rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® in 2016. His past practice ...
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    Cid R. Kallen
    Lawyer in Yuma Since earning his J.D. and being admitted to practice law in Arizona, Attorney Cid R. Kallen has established a successful legal career thanks to his diverse background and extensive professional experiences. Before attending law school, Cid served in the United States Marine Corps in various positions between 1999 and 2004. During the latter half of his military service, Cid enrolled in Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned his B.S. in Electronics Systems ...
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    Carol Bowman

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    Marlo Arnold
    Trial Lawyer in Yuma Marlo K. Arnold graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia in 2004 before joining Teach for America, where she taught middle school in inner-city Atlanta for two years. From there, she enrolled in law school at the Florida State University College of Law. During her time at Florida State, Marlo was a member of the Florida State University Law Review and the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy. She also completed an externship at the Florida Supreme ...
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    Jessica L. Holzer
    Jessica L. Holzer was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. She graduated from Yuma High School in 2003 and thereafter attended Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University (extended Yuma campus) where she studied business administration. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, Jessica spent 5 years at the Yuma County Superior Court, first as a deputy courtroom clerk and then a bailiff/judicial specialist. During this time, Jessica worked closely with judges, commissioners, court ...
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