Parents interested in discovering what
parenting will be like post-divorce can gain access to almost unlimited information with today’s technology.
In some instances, the sheer amount of information available can be overwhelming.
If you are interested in a simple idea of what is involved when divorcing
in Arizona with children, it’s best to start by getting to know
parenting time and legal decision making.
What is Legal Decision Making? This is a legal term used to refer to the
right and responsibility of an individual to make nonemergency legal decisions
on behalf of a minor (i.e. education, health care, religion, personal
care). Parents can be awarded sole or joint legal decision making. When
determining the level of decision making according to the child’s
best interests, the court will consider certain factors as set down by
Arizona state law (A.R.S. Section 25-403(A) and 25-403.01(B)). Legal decision
making was previously referred to as “custody.”
What is Parenting Time? This refers to the schedule of time delineating
which parent has access to the child on what days/time periods. During
their scheduled “parenting time” each parent is responsible
for providing the child with food, clothing, shelter and should make routine
decisions regarding the child’s day to day care.
While the information included here will not serve as a guide on how to
obtain or change legal decision making or parenting time, additional questions
and discussion of particular situations can be addressed to the experienced
Arizona divorce lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys. Legal decision
making can be granted to a person other than the parent by the court,
but in most instances this is not the case so the information provided
here will be assuming that parents will be seeking legal decision making
or parenting time. Arizona state law in regards to the information that
follows can be found in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 25, Chapter 4.
When there is a separation or divorce and the couple involved has children,
the care of the children must continue uninterrupted. When parents cannot
agree on a specific plan for raising their own children post-divorce or
separation, a plan will be provided for them through court order. In this
instance, the court can decide matters concerning the child’s health
and welfare. The court ordered plan will typically contain specific information
regarding how much time the child will spend with each parent and how
decisions made on behalf of the child will be shared between the parents
(i.e. education, health care, religion, personal care, etc.) The court’s
decisions are based on the child’s best interests.
Get in touch with one of the experiencedArizona divorce lawyers at
Arizona Family Law Attorneys today if you have other questions about how legal decision making and parenting time.