Child Custody

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Question: If a couple has a baby and breaks up and they aren’t married who has custody over the baby until we can go to court

Answer: Under Arizona law, both parents are considered to have equal custody (legal decision-making and parenting time) until a court decides otherwise.  Of course, this assumes the father has acknowledged paternity and is listed on the birth certificate.  If paternity is in dispute, then the mother is generally considered to be the custodial parent until paternity is established.

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