How to Obtain Joint Legal Decision-Making
Under Arizona law, the term “Joint/Sole Custody” has now been replaced with “Joint/Sole Legal Decision-Making.” By changing this term, Arizona now offers both parents the right to make legal decisions, granted that they will be in the best interests of their children. By allowing joint decision-making, the father hypothetically has an equal opportunity to be involved in major decisions in his child’s life.
This revision extends to parenting time as well. Courts in the state of Arizona now presume that offering parents equal time is in the best interests of the child. If you are a father currently in any stage of divorce, you should know that Arizona now recognizes your equal rights. Courts no longer acknowledge the “tender years doctrine” which previously granted mothers favorable parenting schedules for young children.
The new law places the same duties on fathers and mothers alike: either party may qualify for primary custody of their child. While the majority of divorced or separated parents agree to joint legal decision-making, there are problems that may arise during this process. By drafting a strong joint parenting agreement, you will be able to receive your rights of joint legal decision-making. Let Simon Law Group provide you with the strongest legal representation an Arizona divorce attorney can offer.
How to Avoid Sole Legal Decision-Making
Conversely, sole legal decision-making means that one parent can make all the legal decisions for their child, without consent from the other parent. While some legal decision-making requires the parent to consult with the other parent before major decisions are made, sometimes this is not the case.
Courts will generally award sole legal decision-making rights to one parent if the other parent is deemed unfit due to a variety of factors, including drug or alcohol dependency, criminal background, child abuse, or domestic violence. If you are a father involved in any of these situations, we advise to consult an Arizona divorce attorney at Simon Law Group. We understand that these matters can often be sensitive. We promise to provide you with confidential, professional legal consultation.
Your Rights as a Father
At Simon Law Group, we understand that you care for your child. Fortunately for you, it has become easier for the father to obtain legal decision-making in the state of Arizona. If you have questions regarding decision-making, parenting time or your rights as a father, contact Simon Law Group to receive advice and guidance from a professional Arizona divorce attorney. Simon Law Group is here to help: 480-745-2450.