Resolving Tough Child Custody Issues

As of January 2013, the terms legal custody and child custody have been dropped, replaced by the term legal decision-making.

Arizona's parental decision-making concept acknowledges the desirability that every child benefits from the presence of both parents in their life, and that the legal responsibility for making life decisions may rest with one parent (sole legal decision-making authority) or it may be shared by both (joint legal decision making authority).

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Areas of decision-making that fall under this requirement include:

  • Who is responsible for the child's day-to-day care?
  • Who makes decisions affecting the best interests of the child: medical decisions, school choice, church and other activities occurring outside school?

Deciding who has legal decision-making authority occurs in the superior court in the county where the child resides.

What Does In Loco Parentis Mean?

Sometimes, a person who is not the child's parent may petition for legal decision-making authority. That person must meet certain statutory requirements: they must have been treated as a parent by the child, and they must have formed a meaningful parental relationship with the child for a substantial period of time.

Matthew Randle and Andrew Meshel are experienced in both the legal requirements of establishing decision-making authority, and in the process by which it is decided.

We work with both civilian and military families to arrive at decisions that sincerely address each child's best interests.

It's a kinder, gentler approach to assigning parental responsibilities than existed under the old child custody language, which tended to divide parents into winners and losers. And RPM Law, can guide you to a satisfactory resolution.

Call RPM Law, at 520-433-4884 — or email us your questions.