HLO can help you establish, modify or enforce your parental, grand-parental, or 3rd party rights to visitation and decision making for children in Arizona.
Typically, issues of parenting time, visitation, and decision-making arise when parents divorce, separate (whether or not married). For grand-parents and others who have acted in a parental role, there are many reasons that people seek resolution of difference in visitation and decision making.
To change orders after they are issues, the court requires a significant change in circumstances.
When people don’t follow court orders, one party seeks to enforce.
Important things to know about Parenting time and Legal Decision-Making:
- The court is required to consider the child’s best interests.
- Legal Decision-Making is the right of a person to make decisions about issues relate to education, health/medicine, religious upbringing, and personal care for minor children.
- Joint legal decision-making means that parents communicate and agree on major decisions, even if the child lives primarily with one parent.
- Sole legal decision making means one parent has the right to make final decisions after consulting with the other parent.
- “Parenting time” refers to the time a parent has with the child(ren). Arizona law requires that Courts seek to maximizes both parents time and decision-making with their minor child(ren), unless there is reason to believe it would not be in a child’s best interest.
- A parenting plan outlines details of legal decision-making and a parenting-time schedule which includes holidays, vacations, travel, expenses, etc.
HLO prefers to resolve child custody issues through negotiation or mediation – research shows when parents cooperate and work together – even if divorced or living apart, children adjust / adapt as well as children raised with both parents together. Children do not fare as well when parents do not work tother for the children’s best interest.
Unfortunately, not all parents are prepared to cooperate, negotiate and do what might be best for their children. In those cases, if litigation is necessary, HLO is prepared to fight aggressively to achieve a resolution that is fair, and in the children’s best interest.
Custody (Parenting Time/ Legal Decision-Making) matters can be easily misunderstood (i.e., many parents mistakenly believe they are linked to child support); we can help clarify your rights. Click the button below to schedule a consult to get your questions answered.