Petition to Establish

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A Petition to Establish is a legal document filed by a parent who wants to establish any of the following rights over a minor child or children:

  • Paternity
  • Legal Decision-Making
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support

Typically, child custody and parenting time issues are settled by voluntary agreement of the parents. However, if the parents of a child are unable to agree to child custody arrangements, the court can be used as an intermediary to settle the dispute.  In these actions, the court will always look at factors that support “the best interests of the child.”  These factors can include but are not limited to:

  • Physical, emotional, and mental development of the child
  • Child’s age
  • Relationship of the child with each parent
  • Ability of the parent to support the child
  • Home environment
  • Time the child spends with each parent
  • Logistics
  • Schooling

The amount of child support either parent pays is based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines.  According to the Center for Policy Research (2008) “The core of the guidelines calculation is a lookup schedule of basic obligations for a range of incomes and number of children. The basic obligations reflect economic data on the costs of raising children. The obligated parent’s pro rata share of the basic obligation forms the basis of the award amount. To determine the final obligation amount, the guidelines provide for additional adjustments such as parenting time, health insurance, childcare expenses, and other factors.”

Ultimately, a Petition to Establish will clearly outline the filing party’s position on any of the aforementioned issues as well as why that party’s requests are in the best interests of the minor child(ren).

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