What Forms of Child Custody Are There in Arizona?


The term custody in Arizona, now referred to as “legal decision making”, has been grossly misunderstood and misused. The term “child custody” in Arizona contains to two distinct and very different issues.

Specifically, (1) how major decisions affecting the children, such as decisions regarding the children’s education, health care, and religious upbringing, are made and (2) how parenting time is apportioned between the two parents.
What Forms of Child Custody Are There in Arizona
The first issue regarding how major life decision are made for the children is referred to as the form of legal decision making and may be either sole legal decision making, meaning one parent gets to make all of those decisions, or joint legal decision making, meaning the parents must agree upon those issues.

The second issue regarding parenting time pertains to the parenting time schedule the parents share with their child. A parenting time schedule may vary considerably from case to case based upon the court’s consideration of all of the factors in the child custody statutes.


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