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Child Custody is the most emotional and stressful aspect of Arizona family law. Understanding the laws and knowing how the court determines custody will help you throughout the custody process and beyond. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of custody cases and we have the experience to help you protect your children and get the outcome you want.

Arizona’s child custody laws and the legal terminology can be confusing. This page outlines some important aspects of Arizona’s custody laws and familiarizes you with the terminology so you can better understand the child custody laws and how they pertain to you and your children

 

 

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Arizona Child Custody Laws

5 Facts about Child Custody in AZ

  1. Child Custody
  2. Parenting Time
  3. Legal Decision-Making
  4. Presumptions
  5. Sole Legal Decision-Making

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Child Custody

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Child Custody Legal Terminology

CUSTODY

Custody is essential everything included with raising a child. It includes: Physical Custody – “Parenting Time” authority Legal Custody – “Legal Decision-Making”

BEST INTERESTS OF A CHILD

The Best Interests of a Child is a standard by which a court determines what arrangements would be to a child’s greatest benefit, often used in deciding decision-making and parenting time matters and in deciding whether to approve an adoption or a guardianship.

PARENTING TIME

Parenting time means the schedule of time during which each parent has access to a child at specified times. Each parent during their scheduled parenting time is responsible for providing the child with food, clothing and shelter and may make routine decisions concerning the child’s care.

VISITATION

Visitation means a schedule of time that occurs with a child by someone other than a legal parent.

LEGAL DECISION-MAKING

Legal decision-making means the legal right and responsibility to make all non-emergency legal decisions for a child including those regarding education, health care, religious training and personal care decisions. Legal decision-making means legal custody.

SOLE LEGAL DECISION-MAKING

Sole legal decision-making means one parent has the legal right and responsibility to make major decisions for a child.

JOINT LEGAL DECISION-MAKING

Both parents have the legal right and share the responsibility to make all non-emergency legal decisions for a child including education, health care, religion and personal care.

LEGAL PARENT

Legal parent means a biological or adoptive parent whose parental rights have not been terminated. Legal parent does not include a person whose paternity has not been established pursuant to section 25-812 or 25-814.

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