Types of child custody available to Arizona parents

Who gets the house, how will accounts be divided and who will be responsible for which bills are often important considerations in an Arizona divorce. However, when children are involved, more than just financial aspects must be considered. Child custody decisions are perhaps some of the most important decisions, and sometimes the most difficult ones, that will need to be made.

Physical custody is one custody aspect that will need to be considered. It is possible that one parent will retain primary physical custody with the other retaining regular visitation. Another possibility is that the parents will share joint physical custody with each parent having approximately equal time with the children. The type of physical custody granted in the divorce will depend upon the individual circumstances and what is in the best interest of the children.

Legal custody is another aspect that will need to be considered. It is possible that one parent will retain sole legal custody; however, in many cases, both parents share joint legal custody. Legal custody refers to the parent's ability to make medical, religious, educational and other such decisions regarding the children. Joint legal custody is often presumed to be in the best interest of the children; again, individual circumstances will play a significant role in determining if this is the case.

The decision to divorce can be a difficult one for all involved. However, by understanding the different types of child custody available in Arizona and by analyzing what is in the best interest of the children, this process can be a little easier for them. Experienced legal counsel can guide the individual in determining which options are best for his/her given situation.

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