Parenting Time – Divorce Lawyers in Phoenix – Reppucci & Roeder PLLC
Phoenix Parenting Time Lawyers – Divorce Lawyers in Phoenix
Phoenix Child Custody Attorneys Assisting You With Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time
Parents going through a divorce are often concerned above all else with their children and the impact that the divorce may have on their time with and ability to make important decisions regarding their children. At Reppucci & Roeder, we understand the paramount importance of protecting your children and your relationship with them. As such, we have assisted countless Arizona parents in the process of selecting a legal decision-making arrangement and parenting time schedule.
The issue of legal decision-making, formerly known as custody, is often emotionally charged and legally complex. Whether you choose joint legal decision-making or sole legal decision-making, you will want to ensure your arrangement serves the best interests of your child.
Legal decision-making is a term that refers to the right of a person to make decisions about the educational, physical, health, and spiritual needs of the child. There are no set rules for legal decision-making and Arizona courts no longer take gender into consideration in making an award of legal decision-making.
Types of Legal Decision-Making in Arizona
There are two central legal decision-making options in Arizona courts. These main categories, however, just form a general framework upon which a court or two spouses in a settlement agreement can build from and alter.
- Sole legal decision-making: When sole legal decision-making is ordered, only one parent will have the right to make important decisions for the child. Both parents can still discuss all decisions, but the ultimate say rests in the hands of the sole legal decision-maker. Sole legal decision-making can be awarded by agreement of both parents or the court could so order this arrangement if there has been a history of abuse, domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or other circumstances that call into question the fitness of the non-custodial parent. On rare occasions, the court could also issue this order if the parents are both fit but cannot work with one another.
- Joint legal decision-making: With an award of joint legal decision-making, both parents will have equal rights to make decisions for the child. Neither parent will have a preference over the other’s decision. Sometimes, the court may order that only one parent have legal decision-making over certain issues.
At Reppucci & Roeder, we will examine your family’s circumstances and advocate for the legal decision-making arrangement you desire.
Parenting time is a term now used in Arizona for visitation. Arizona courts recognize that it is important for a child to continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents following a divorce. As such, parenting time is ordered to ensure the child has continuing contact with both parents. However, parenting time can be limited or even denied in the court finds the child is at risk of suffering any sort of physical, emotional, or mental harm while in the care of the parent.
Parenting time will vary depending upon the child’s age and needs, along with the proximity of each parent’s home. Parenting time can be distributed on an equal basis. It is not always easy to create a parenting time arrangement that benefits both parents and the child. The skilled divorce attorneys at Reppucci & Roeder will work with you to develop the parenting time plan that you desire.
Reppucci & Roeder: Phoenix Divorce Lawyers Working to Protect Your Time with Your Children
Parenting time and legal decision making are two critical issues to any divorce involving children. The Phoenix Divorce Lawyers at Reppucci & Roeder understand how important it is to have your child’s parenting time arrangement serve his or her best interests. We have assisted parents across Arizona in all manner of custody issues and will work to help you achieve the parenting time arrangement you desire. When you call Reppucci & Roeder, you can rest assured that you will promptly be connected to an attorney and that attorney will handle all important matters relating to your case. Our years of experience handling divorce cases have earned us an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau and a reputation for excellence throughout the Phoenix community. The divorce lawyers at Reppucci & Roeder are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions concerning orders of protection. Call the Phoenix divorce lawyers of Reppucci & Roeder today at (480) 300-6012 to schedule your free initial consultation.