Law Office of Ricardo A. Bracamonte



Resolving Legal Issues Arising From Paternity


In Arizona, paternity proceedings are governed under A.R.S. §25-801. A paternity case usually involves young couples that have a child born out of wedlock. A paternity is like a divorce but without the division of debts and assets. In a paternity case, issues of joint or sole decision-making ( ie, child custody), parenting time ( ie, visitation) and child support come into play.

There has been a recent change to the law under A.R.S. §25-403.02 that calls for doing away with gender bias and allowing “both parents to share legal decision-making regarding their child and that maximizes their respective parenting time.” In summary, this allows more single fathers and mothers to have joint legal decision-making rights and equal parenting time with their children. Some judges start with the presumption that both parents will share equal time with the children unless there is evidence that it would not be in the child’s best interest to have either father or mother share equal parenting time.

We’re Here To Help You Sort Through Your Issues

Paternity is a complicated legal area. If you have quesitons or concerns, we’re here to help. To speak with an attorney at the Law Office of Ricardo A. Bracamonte, you can call our firm at 520-433-4892 or contact us online. We’re always ready to help.